So, you’ve decided to keep remote work options available for staff after the Covid-19 pandemic? It’s not a bad move, because the situation is constantly changing with regard to restrictions and lockdowns. Plenty of people love working from home, so it’s great if you can offer that to your staff. However, to do that effectively, they’ll need the right tools.
Here’s a list of some great remote working tools. Some of them are even free!
Ok, so this one isn’t free. But it is exceptional! If you already use Zoho One as your CRM, you’ll find this one nice and easy to integrate, too. Zoho remotely packs everything you need to work remotely, such as Cliq, Meeting and Connect for meetings and online communication. It also includes WorkDrive and Sprints for collaboration, plus word processing and spreadsheet tools that let you share and collaborate on documents in real time.
For IT support teams, Zoho Assist is a great addition, as it allows you to remotely control employees’ and customers’ systems to provide support on the spot. No matter where you are!
Office 365 remote work tools
If you’re still working on older versions of Microsoft Office, it’s time for you to get an upgrade. The new cloud-based version of Office is the ultimate suite of business applications. Plus, there’s now a modern twist. Because they’re cloud-based, you can access your account from anywhere. This also means accessing all your stored documents via OneDrive.
It includes Microsoft Teams, which is great for collaboration. SharePoint is also a great addition to the suite. Best of all, most people are probably used to Microsoft Office products, so when you upgrade there’s very little training required.
You may not use this one every day, but Loom is a great way to record videos and screen shares. When working remotely, one of the most difficult things is explaining things to colleagues. So, rather than type out long-winded instruction emails or spend your whole day on lengthy video calls, simply record your instructions.
With Loom you can record your screen while talking, so it’s a great way to show people what you need them to do, or to provide assistance when others need it. Plus, it’s free!
Another service you can access for free is Trello. Mostly, it’s a project management tool, and people absolutely love it in our new remote-working world. You can create boards for certain projects, and add cards to represent specific tasks. Assign those tasks to people, and you can communicate, leave comments and upload files all in the appropriate place.
Trello makes it easy to manage teams remotely, and it’s extremely easy to get the hang of.
Finally, if you don’t have any larger software programs that include cloud storage, the most common and easily accessible one out there is Google Drive. You can use it to store documents, but you can also create word processing docs, spreadsheets and more all within one program. It’s a lifesaver for those working remotely who don’t have access to other standalone systems.