If your business is one of the many that has been impacted by COVID-19, chances are you have transitioned or are transitioning to remote work. Working remotely, or working from home (often shortened to WFH) allows professionals to work outside of a traditional environment. It is based on the idea that work can be accomplished effectively and efficiently without the need for a daily office commute. This concept was experiencing popularity well before the new-world-order thanks to the rise of revolutionary software such as video conferencing, task management applications and file sharing.
Mastering remote work is all about finding the right tools to stay productive, connected and motivated. This guide will highlight 3 tech tools essential for you and your team function remotely:
- Video Conferencing
The obvious bread and butter of working from home; video conferencing software such as Zoom helps keep the team connected and up to date. Meetings become a breeze and can even be recorded for later reference.
Tip: The lack of physical interaction does not mean co-workers should sacrifice a social catch up. Boost morale by allowing ten or so minutes of general chit chat before or after a video conference. This will result in everyone feeling happier, more motivated and interconnected.
- Task Management Apps
Tools such as Slack or Asana help connect employees and allow them to view the big picture in regards to tasks that require attention. You can easily track projects, individual work tasks and conversations all in one, user-friendly environment.
Tip: Platforms like Slack are great for building a community. As mentioned above, it is encouraged to discuss topics outside of work such as movies or sport. This helps employees feel as if they are having the same type of interactions as they would in the office.
- File Sharing
10+ years ago, if you wanted to share a large file you often had to physically give it to someone on a disc or hard drive. Thankfully those days are behind us; today we have endless options when it comes to file sharing. Dropbox and Google Drive are often the big names that come to mind. However, one has the luxury to find the right file-sharing software with the capacity and security tailored specifically to each business.
Tip: It is important your employees are aware of the nature of information your organisation has and what they should be sharing. Educate and inform them of potential mishandling of information whether it be intentional or unintentional.
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