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With the need for more employees seemingly surpassing the availability of office spaces in both small and large companies, it is becoming more common for employers to offer their staff the convenience of working from home as a complement to flexible working hours. Here is a list of essential software that every remote team should have in order to work collaboratively without losing productivity.
1. Google Drive
Google Drive is Google’s free cloud storage and synchronization platform for users to store and share files in any format. Ther personal account gives users access to 15GB storage for free while an enterprise account gives businesses storage space for their employees to use while taking advantage of the seamless connectivity between Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides and Microsoft Office.
Asana is a task-oriented software that encourages team collaboration by enabling them to stay focused on goals and manage projects by assigning tasks, setting priorities and deadlines, tracking progress, etc. and it features tools that allow for automation.
Dashlane is a multi-platform password manager and digital wallet created for securely keeping passwords, credit card information, notes, files, etc. securely and synchronizing them across all connected devices.
Zoom is screen sharing and video conferencing software that enables users to communicate with each other in online meetings, marketing events, and even technical support meetings. It features the option to share screens, documents, media files, recordings, transcripts, and a whiteboard.
Miro is a collaborative platform that enables team members to work remotely and reliably using a whiteboard. It features an infinite canvas for creating rich mind maps with descriptive colorful notes and it works with other popular applications including Slack, Box, Sketch, and JIRA.
Toggl is a modern time tracking software that enables users to track and manage project periods effectively as well as to create reports that can be exported to PDF, Excel, and CSV formats. It features a project dashboard, customizable billable rates, calendar integration, manual time entry, etc.
Airtable is a flexible platform that enables users to organize their work according to their preference using a part spreadsheet and part database system. Users can use blocks to create palette-like app functionality for gars, lines, and scatter charts, maps and geocode, time trackers, video chat, countdown, etc. and they have tons of templates to choose from.
Slack is an instant messaging platform that aims to keep communication between teams organized and flexible. It features voice and video calls, file sharing options, the ability to organize conversations using channels, and integration with many popular 3rd party software.
Trello is a popular productivity platform that enables users to work efficiently and collaboratively using boards, cards, and lists in order to organize and prioritize projects in a flexible and rewarding way that quells boredom.
Groove is a customer relations software that enables staff to build better customer experiences by collaborating directly with them on conversations, assigning client priority to team members, responding to customer queries with instant answers, and following up on client feedback.
All these collaboration tools enable employees to work together responsibly and creatively irrespective of the distances between them and I hope that this list enables you to be more productive at your place of work.
What are the other collaborative tools that have enabled you to get through your work hours effectively? Add your suggestions in the comments section below.
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