The massive outbreak of COVID-19, especially in the 2nd wave has prompted many companies to implement work-from-home protocols to avoid exposure in the workplace. Even some of the world’s biggest tech companies, like Google, Amazon and Facebook, are urging their teams to avoid commuting and traveling for work. If you never had a full-time remote workforce for your organization, this can be a challenging transition. However, thanks to modern technology, it’s possible for many employees to be as productive at home as they would be in the office, if not more so.
Here are a few essential tech tools you’ll need to get through the work from home. While you may already be using many of these tools, they may take on a new function and significance during this extended period of remote work.
Communication within the team can be the biggest challenge when your workforce is remote. Chat software like Slack and Microsoft Teams allow seamless communication between individual team members, departments and the entire company. Different chat “channels” allow people to discuss work, brainstorm ideas and stay connected to each other throughout the workday. Many companies already use these instant messaging tools, but you’ll want to encourage your staff to pay extra attention to their messages right now, as this will likely become the primary method of communicating during your quarantine.
Video meetings where the attendees can see each other’s expressions and react to one another in real time can replicate the benefits of face-to-face meetings you would have had in the office. Video conferencing software typically includes screen-sharing capabilities, recording and live chat, which can add an extra layer of communication and understanding to your meetings. Popular choices include Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts and Zoom.
Keeping your team on track and maintaining everyone’s regular workflows while you’re all working remotely will require a top-notch project management tool. If you’re not already using software like Trello, Basecamp, Asana, Airtable, Planner or Monday.com, now is the time to set it up. It’s easy to assign and break down tasks, and status updates and project progress are available at a glance.
“When working from home, it can be easy to get off task — especially if employees are quarantined at home with their families.”
Productivity & Time Tracker
When working from home, it can be easy to get off task — especially if employees are quarantined at home with their families. Productivity and time tracking apps like Toggl, Todoist, focus booster, Wanderlist and MS To-do can help you balance your time, track your progress and remind you to take breaks. With your time being managed you can be more productive while working in a more comfortable environment.
One of the challenges of working remotely is the lack of access to your company’s internal servers. This is where cloud storage applications like Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive can come in handy. By moving all your files to the cloud, you ensure that your team has uninterrupted access to important documents, spreadsheets, presentations, videos and more. Plus, it’s easier to collaborate in real time and avoid sending edited versions of documents back and forth.
While Working From Home
• Keep your employees informed and up to date on the most recent updates on COVID-19.
• Make sure your workplaces are clean and hygienic and regularly clean them.
• Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Promote good respiratory hygiene in the workplace.
• Do not come into the office if you are feeling unwell or fear you have been exposed to the virus.