Your best tools for staying connected

Working remotely for the first time can leave teams feeling disconnected. Luckily, modern technology can bridge those gaps in communication. There are myriad tools out there. CO by the US Chamber of Commerce takes a look.

Messaging — Communication is essential, and often challenging, when working remotely. Use chat software such as Slack, Vox and Microsoft Teams to stay connected. Use these to discuss projects, brainstorm ideas and keep all communications in one place.

Video chat — The best way to replicate face-to-face meetings out of the office is video conferencing. Seeing coworkers in real time can help curb feelings of isolation and keep everyone updated at the same time. Most software includes recording, live chat, and screen-sharing to further enhance your communications. Check out Zoom, Google Hangouts and Skype.

Project management — If you are not already using project management software to keep track of everything, now is the time to start. Monitor tasks, assign projects, schedule deadlines and track progress in one place. Look to Basecamp, Trello, Asana, Airtable, and Monday.com to see what works best for you and your team.

Cloud storage — Not having access to your company’s internal servers is another hurdle facing remote teams. Take advantage of cloud storage applications so that everyone has access to all documents, spreadsheets, presentations, etc. Popular apps include Dropbox and Google Drive.

Productivity & time trackers — Staying on task with all the distractions of home life is difficult—especially with other quarantined individuals in the house. Take charge of staying productive with apps like Toggl, Todist and focus booster. They help track time and progress, and keep you accountable.

 

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