Remote work has become the headline for business as they are navigating through the COVID-19 situation. While it is not a new concept entirely, businesses are often against working remotely due to the concerns of reduced control and lower productivity.
Fortunately, the wonders of technology have allowed us to overcome the challenges of being separated and are enhancing remote work experiences. Coupled with new regulations arising from the pandemic outbreak, the adoption rate has increased significantly with 88% of firms embracing remote work from home according to a recent survey.
The evolving landscape has led to countless digital tools emerging to tackle remote working. And while being presented with numerous options, too much of a choice can also be overwhelming. Therefore, here are five communication/management tools that will completely elevate your remote work experience.
Slack – For Basic Team Communication
It has never been easy to shift your company’s workflow from the physical office to a virtual environment for remote working, but Slack has proven itself to be a great communication tool that can connect people seamlessly.
Packed with robust features such as pinning messages, shared channels across workspaces, and its third-party integrations, the platform ensures that messy inboxes, countless cc’s, and long email threads never happen again.
Rather than having to send individual emails or texts, you can simply mention someone to start a conversation while other members are able to keep track of the flow thanks to its easy group chat access.
However, what we love most about Slack is its low learning curve. The user interface is simple and crystal clear. This is a big plus as even the non-technical staff can start using Slack right away, thus, saving time and cost significantly.
The app may even be sufficient enough to replace a physical office since you will be able to connect and share creative ideas in real-time through this single application. With over 120 000 companies all over the world using this platform as their primary communication tool today, Slack is becoming a crucial part of the business world just like how Amazon is for retail.
Google Meet – For Video Conferencing
It’s 2020, the year for online business meetings and it should have been an easy win for Skype, the de facto video conferencing app that people have been using for nearly two decades. Unfortunately, people have been turning away as the app is flooded with slow loading, confusing constant design updates, and bad video quality.
On the other hand, we found that Google Meet works great for companies of all sizes as a free and effortless web conferencing tool. The platform is very much suitable for businesses in various sectors and serves only what you need, not the extra counterproductive features.
Additionally, Google Meet shares the same theme that we adore, simplistic to the core. In fact, we believe that it is one of the easiest ways to hold online meetings. Users are able to pre-schedule meetings from calendar events, which recipients are able to join in by clicking on the link. Presenting slides, documents and your screen has never been easier.
It’s also worth noting that if your company is already using Gmail or G Suite, then you will be able to receive updates and notifications through your Gmail account and Google Calendar, keeping the workflow going smoothly.
Google Drive – For Cloud Storage and File Sharing
In these uncertain times where online activities are dominating the scene and everyone is engaged in remote working from home, having dependable storage is crucial to keep your documents safe and organized.
This brings us to another tool from the tech giant, Google, for file storage and sharing: Google Drive. Many of you probably have heard of or are using this platform already. After all, it is one of the best free cloud storage services for personal, educational, and professional uses. Once a file is created and shared, all members will gain access and be able to view and edit any documents in the drive.
Additionally, Google Drive shares the same theme that we adore, simplistic to the core. In fact, we believe that it is one of the easiest ways to hold online meetings. Users are able to pre-schedule meetings from calendar events, which recipients are able to join in by clicking on the link. Presenting slides, documents and your screen has never been easier.
According to Capterra’s Top 20 Remote Work Softwares, Google Drive ranked first for its core functionalities and friendly user experience. So no matter if you need to write a business plan, form a pitch presentation, or create a budget for accounting purposes, Google Drive will serve as a safe, multi-purpose place accessible for anyone around the globe.
Zoho – For Sales & Marketing
Ever wondered how major tech giants such as Amazon, Facebook, and Netflix handle their business operations? It stems from an easy-to-use cloud software called Zoho, which has a customer base of over 50 million users across the world.
From spreadsheets, databases, CRM, project management to invoicing, Zoho is the ideal one-stop platform for businesses, including tech startups. It offers great end-to-end solutions for company development, well-suited for companies in the technology/SaaS industry.
If your company needs improvement in managing your contacts and attracting more customers, Zoho allows you to do so through pipeline analysis, chat integration, and marketing automation.
As this platform offers many opportunities to track your data, sales, and productivity wherever you are, you will be able to continue remote work in Singapore, while supervising your offshore tech team and their progress in real-time.
Trello – For Project Management
Trello, an online corkboard, is our choice when it comes to effortless project management. Its visually pleasing look really adds to group productivity as you are able to see the things that need to be completed in one place.
And what makes Trello even more attractive for tech startups is that it doesn’t require a lot of your time to enhance your workflow. There are numerous ways for users to take advantage of this platform, meaning that you can adapt its features based on your flexibility.
Rather than just brainstorming ideas in your head, this software will allow you to turn your ideas into projects, ultimately leading to successful outcomes. Next time you want to start a new plan for company development, try creating a virtual board so that everyone, even your offshore team, can collaborate to form better solutions. After all, two heads are better than one!
Remote Work is The Future
As we become more integrated with technology, getting familiar with these different tools will be a great asset for yourself and for your company. The “new normal” does come with challenges, but as long as companies endure remote work from home with these five platforms, there will be higher chances for regrowth and advancement.
Not only will they help increase remote work productivity during times like now, but it will also allow your company to pursue a distributed team strategy by building-up offshore teams across the globe.
Having said that, no other company understands offshoring and its ability to allow market expansion and work efficiency as much as Tech JDI. We help businesses venture into new markets and provide endless support in any way possible. Our years of experience can make those goals turn into reality.
Reach out to us for more information and let’s battle through this pandemic together.