Remote working the new normal, it’s a new standard of productivity that organisations will have to master to keep business afloat over the coming weeks, and possibly longer.
Business is looking anything but normal for many organisations, large or small. Virtual communication strategies are being put into place for teams to work as efficiently as possible. If you haven’t already considered it, conduct a tech audit to find out which tools you are using to keep the business running, evaluate them, engage with your employees to assess the ease of use of these tools and what is missing in order for them to complete their tasks more efficiently.
Weigh up the cost of investing in any missing tools you need to run an effective workforce remotely or upgrade to a professional version of the tools that you are using for free. Ask your teams to view training videos online and upskill. It will be easy to handle with all the tutorials available online now.
Here are a few platforms we recommend considering:
Google Hangouts – an easiest platform to get up and running
Google Hangouts is a natural choice for organisations already making use of Google Cloud services.
Google Hangouts is by far the easiest platform to get employees onto and to hit the ground running as quickly as possible. The platform is easy to adopt and intuitive to navigate. It’s easy to invite external attendees as well as employees to its video conferencing feature, which comes standard.
Microsoft Teams – fully integrated with Office 365
Microsoft Teams is a chat-based collaboration tool that provides global, remote, and dispersed teams with the ability to work together and share information via a common space. You can utilize cool features like document collaboration, one-on-one chat, team chat, and more. Microsoft Teams is also fully integrated with many other Office 365 services, such as Skype, SharePoint, Exchange, and Yammer.
Zoom – best video conferencing quality
Zoom is by far, one of the most reliable and high-quality choices for video conferencing with superior streaming quality. If your team is scattered around the country/world with different levels of reliable Internet connections, Zoom is a good choice. Inviting external parties and large groups is easy and straight-forward.
Record meetings and share files automatically with attendees at the end of the meeting. If your organisation already has an existing IM platform (such as Skype for Business) and seeks a more specific solution for video conferencing, Zoom’s interoperability might be a good fit.
Task management software. If you do use a task management software, it is time for you to use one. Why? Because you can assign tasks, monitor processes and progress at the comfort of your home, or on your mobile via apps. Ability to know who meets the deadlines and who doesn’t. Discover if managers are able to assign tasks successfully and therefore the impact of the management style on the workflow. Monitor communication, deadlines, and project timelines, briefly everything.
Slack is where work happens
Slack is a collaboration hub, where the right people and the right information come together, helping everyone get work done.
Wrike task-based tech
Wrike is known to focus on the accomplishment of tasks rather than entire projects, and offer just enough workflow customisation for clients to make processes more industry-specific. Experts claim Wrike to be the one-size-fits-all Project Management software, and point put important reasons to support such opinion. At the same time, they encourage interested companies to examine Wrike using its useful free trial plan that lets you try out all the key features.
A little overwhelmed with all the changes? When you have this under control, everything else will be the new normal we will return to. Start the change, be the change. Let’s get back to business.