Whilst the idea of working from home is not new, remote working exploded onto the world stage this year with the onset of COVID-19. Since then, it’s fair to say that many of us have transitioned successfully with a big helping hand from digital tools! In this article, we round up some popular digital tools for remote working we’ve seen this year. Let’s take a look!
5 digital tools for remote working
Having the technology in place to support working offsite is no longer a luxury for your business, but an essential component in how well it performs. Here is a selection of digital tools for remote working that will enable your business to stay connected and productive:
Slack is the darling of digital tools for remote working! It provides a space that allows employees to share ideas and comments in real-time, speeding along any decisions that need to be made. Employees can use it for instant messaging, sharing files, making voice and video calls, connecting to other apps (from Google Drive to Asana), and collaborating. It brings all your team communication into one place — much more efficient than forwarding emails to each other!
This one’s been around for a while, but it’s fair to say that it’s been used a lot this year. Google Drive is a cloud-based storage platform that allows you to keep files (in various formats) in a central location, for easy sharing and updating. It offers a simple way for teams to collaborate on documents without any version control issues! You can also access it from any mobile device, tablet or computer.
Microsoft Teams has a range of great features for team working (hence the name!). It allows users to chat, make voice and video calls, share files and screens, participate in group video conferences, and collaborate in a host of ways. It also has a pretty unique new feature called ‘Together mode’ which allows you to digitally sit together with colleagues in video calls using a shared background, making it feel like you’re in the same room!
We couldn’t write this blog without including Zoom. As most of you are likely to have used it, we’ll keep this brief! Zoom is video conferencing software that allows you to host video calls, webinars, and share screens. It also has an interesting ‘break-out rooms’ feature which allows users to enter smaller individual ‘rooms’ for collaborative work or discussions that are separate to the main meeting.
We thought we’d round off this article with a tool that rewards employees! As we all know, 2020 has been a difficult year and a time of much change for the workforce. WooBoard is an online platform that recognises and rewards your employees’ performance. Employers can use it to foster a positive company culture by creating ‘reward programmes’. Employees can then celebrate their success and achievements through the platform’s social engagement features.
Digital tools for remote working have seen much growth in 2020 and we expect this trajectory to continue into the new year.