Having your teams work remotely, or having completely distributed teams has its advantages. One that is often discussed is the reduction of both time and office costs.
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. Not to mention, lack of face-to-face time can make it difficult to have this organic sense of team collaboration
Here is a list of some of the best tools for remote teams for all sorts of use cases.
FAQ – Frequently Asked Question
I have a fixed budget. How do I choose the right software?
This is a very common issue and fortunately an excellent time to consider your team's needs. Create a roadmap containing all of the aspects of teamwork that you, as a team leader, want to have a better overview of:
- internal team communication,
- task management,
- progress tracking,
Then proceed to write down problems regarding each aspect in a listicle form. When you feel like you've completed it, analyze all of your challenges and figure out the best software based on your discoveries.
Our Top 11 Picks
1. Team Compass for Remote Teams by Weekdone
You can use the Team Compass weekly reporting software to monitor your remote team from your computer, tablet of smartphone. Through real-time status updates using the Plans, Progress, and Problems methodology, you'll get an overview of how well your team is doing throughout the week. Are they making progress toward goals? Simple status reporting and planning helps you see this (and more) by bringing teams together in a shared workspace. Increase transparency, accountability, and productivity!
Weekdone can be used for managing all types of teams; local, hybrid, remote and distributed teams.
|Mobile app and browser extension available||No Gantt charts yet|
|Integrations with Slack, Asana, Jira, and more|
|Intuitive onboarding and elegant UI|
|Supports asynchronous communication in teams|
|Great goal-setting system using OKRs|
Team Compass is free for teams of 3 or less. Teams 4 or more pay just $29 / month, or $295 annually. Unlimited users and teams.
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.
|Widely popular software||Relatively rigid functionality|
|Connected to Office 365||Regular connection problems|
Litify is a fully integrated and powerful SaaS platform built for law firms and legal teams. Their practice management software combines legal case and legal matter management, document generation and management, intake, reporting and more. With everything in one place to help law firms operate as efficiently as possible.
In addition, Litify is built on Salesforce, which gives users full access to all the integrations, resources, updates and capabilities that come with secure cloud technology.
|Specific Use Case for lawyers||Expensive cost per user|
|Control and customization options||Salesforce may cause complications|
|Cloud Based Software|
Hive is a productivity platform that offers a wide range of tools for remote teams. It gives 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
|Various views of projects (Kanban boards and Gantt charts)||Not very intuitive, takes some getting used to|
As remote teams communicate mostly in writing, Grammarly is a great tool to have. It helps your team members avoid unnoticed spelling errors, or overlooked grammar mistakes. You'll produce more quality texts for everything from emails to social media posts. And it is free!
|Great for multilingual teams||Can become a bit overwhelming|
Fyle is an expense management software that helps automate mundane, repetitive expense reporting, tracking, and management tasks. Keep track of business expenses using their receipt scanning tool, Gmail, and Outlook add-ons, and report them in an instant with an automated workflow.
You can also process and reconcile credit card transactions, expenses, and receipts automatically with just one click. Plus, keep a check of all the expense reports with a robust policy check engine that can audit employee expense reports in real-time.
|Easy-to-use||No free trial instead schedule a demo|
|Visibility for both employees and finance team into the reimbursement status|
|Get all expense-related doc in one place|
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.
|Focus mode for more working space||Only Compatible with Apple products|
|Well designed interface||Low data storage|
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.
|One space for all your meetings||Features are limited|
|Ease of use once downloaded||Not very intuitive set up|
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.
|Helps teams get organized||Limited integrations with other tools|
|All tasks are visible in one place|
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.
|Easy screen sharing||Easy to join for invited users|
|Remote control options for paid plans||14 day free trial|
11. 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.
|Promotes document security||No camera integrated feature|
|Universal team space for password security and retrieving||Cannot automatically change a password from within|
|Various pricing options|
Managing Remote Teams
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 tools or single software for your company as well. If you think we missed some good apps, let us know – send us an email at email@example.com