Having some or all your staff work from home has many advantages. One of which is the reduction of both time and office costs. Remote.co tells us, employees who work from home save a lot of time by not commuting and are more productive and healthy than those with long commutes. Remote workers take fewer sick days and are happier. However, managing a remote team can be tricky. It is harder to connect with people and understand their needs. A lack of face-to-face time makes it difficult for employees to work as a team.
We’ve checked out some tools to help bring the best out of remote teams. Here is a list of the best ones.
Skype needs little introduction, being one of the most popular communication apps in the world. It has everything you need for day-to-day communication in a remote team: chat, voice conferences, file sharing, and the ability to make phone calls.
Hive is a productivity platform that offers a wide range of tools for remote teams. It offers your team the flexibility to plan their projects in the way they work best. Organize projects in a gantt chart, kanban board, or calendar. You can also plan and repeat tasks using templates that reduce the time people spend on reporting
As remote teams communicate mostly in writing, Grammarly is a great tool to have. It helps your team members avoid stupid mistakes and produce quality text for everything from emails to social media posts. And it is free.
You can use Weekdone weekly reporting tools to monitor your remote team from your computer, tablet of smartphone. Weekdone uses real time status update methodology. This helps you and your remote team know what everyone is working on and helps to bring everyone together. Weekdone can be used for managing both remote and local teams.
Bear is a writing and note taking app for Apple products. It is perfect for everything from quick notes to in-depth essays. It has a focus mode that helps you concentrate and advanced markup options with full in-line image support. While it has less features than some other similar apps (Evernote), it is faster and easier to use.
Join.me is a collaboration app that helps you easily run meetings online. It offers video conferences, screen sharing, and scheduling. Also, it allows you to mute/unmute individuals or the whole group to minimize distractions and easily identify who’s talking (or who is calling from a crowded hotel lobby). It also has an option to record your audio and screen share. As a downside, it doesn't have quite as many features as other meeting apps.
Meistertask is a task management app. In MeisterTask, you can diiscuss the details of tasks with your team members, upload files, set due dates, and add checklist items. A log of your activities is saved in the task’s activity stream for easy traceability. However, the app doesn’t integrate well with other tools.
Screenleap is a free screen sharing application that helps you run better meetings. The bonus of this app is that it doesn’t require other parties to sign up for the service to see your screen. That saves a lot of time when talking with potential clients and partners.
1Password for Teams
1Password for Teams gives you full control over who has access to your team's most important information. Manage what your remote team can see and do using the Admin Console. Instantly deploy, grant, and revoke access to shared vaults. You can even securely recover locked-out user accounts.
At Weekdone, we encourage working remotely. It has many benefits for a company but only when it is done efficiently. We have spent a lot of time testing different products to find what works for us. From this list you should be able to find the right tool for your company as well. If you think we missed some good applications, let us know.