Let’s be honest, the theory of remote-working is great but in reality, it’s not for every business. Some types of businesses require you to be in the office – sorry.
However, for many businesses, remote working is ideal. And it’s a win-win situation for both the business and the staff.
Working from home means no more wasting hours in rush hour traffic, no more stressing about what to do with kids if they are sick, and being able to get more done by having access to all the tools as if you were in the office. From a business point of view, there is no need to pay for additional office space and being able to work with people from around the country and from around the world means the business can service more customers and tap into more expertise.
Naturally, some businesses are afraid of allowing their staff to work remotely. “Remote working” would immediately conjure up images of people not doing their jobs and simply taking advantage of not being in the office.
Thankfully there are many systems and tools that ensure that those who work from home, actually do work, AND still feel part of a team.
Here are three amazing tools that have made remote working with accountability, a reality:
When it comes to having a central platform for team communication – Slack is almost impossible to beat. As the company describes it: “Slack is a platform for team communication, everything in one place instantly searchable, available where you go”
Some of the key benefits of using slack for remote team communication include familiar instant communication features, such as hashtags, emojis as well as the ability to share files, links, open chat in various channels based around discussions topics or departments.
You could have a channel for social media marketing. And a completely different channel for financial aspects of the business. You can even integrate customer support into your Slack channels.
There is tight security in place to where you can invite members of the team to join discussions and channels and therefore keep those who need to know in the loop.
The 1-on-1 instant messaging is superb allowing for staff conversations to still happen, much like they would in the office.
More info: https://slack.com
Flow Docks is a mix of project management and communication all combined into one platform without the constant logging in and out and having multiple tabs open.
The platform essentially works on different flows allowing you to use Trello Board, your Slack account, Github and RSS feeds all in one spot. This makes it easier for team members to communicate. You could even integrate video emails.
The platform is designed on flows, rather then 1 to 1 communication. Meaning anyone involved in that particular section of the organization can jump on the flow and stay up to date.
Policy changes, systems updates and customer complaints can all be funneled into Flow Dock ensuring that the right people see the right information at all times.
More info: https://www.flowdock.com/
Much like Slack, Quip allows for private 1-1 conversations, as well as the ability to create group chats and document sharing.
The key advantage of Quip lays in team management. From using @mention to assign, and schedule meetings (which also notifies the recipient), right down to the easy ability to share files, and upload new folders to break down information silos.
One of the main things I love about Quip is actually the user interface. It’s easy to see what’s what, where the projects are, and who is assigned to what work.
For your absolute guide to using Quip, you can head over to this article.
More info: http://quip.com