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The COVID-19 pandemic has led to confusion and isolation for our global workforce, as companies have had to turn completely to remote working.
But technology makes it easier to work remotely. Understanding how to implement tech tools to enhance productivity while working remotely is crucial for any company.
In this post, you’ll find 10 tech tips and hacks to make remote working productive and fun.
Tools like Slack are becoming the preferred tool to communicate with teams that are in the office together, as well as remote. Slack has a treasure of bots and apps, and integrations, that can be used to make daily efforts in the workplace easier.
Slack can help you to “Live” the office environment. When you’re in doubt, ask your question in the group channel. And asking in private chats is like whispering in someone’s ears (as you do in office). 🙂
Use the emojis to show your emotions. Do a Slack call when you need to talk to your teammates. Play quizzes and games in Slack to be relaxed.
Project-management tools are something that you should be looking to be using. These tools solve the problem of virtual teams to help organize documents and tasks, to make it easier for the teams.
Asana is a tool that enables users to easily work with teams and track and manage projects. For those just looking to get started, consider something like Basecamp or Trello.
How you manage your tasks depends entirely on YOU. Are you looking for a simple interface, or are you hoping to color-code and categorize hundreds of tasks at once? Is this a to-do list for yourself or your entire team?
There are a number of to-do list tools out there, such as Trello, Asana, TickTick, Google Keep, and more. These tools make it easier for a remote team to plan their work by using online to-do lists.
Tracking your time (or your team’s time) is one of the best ways to improve productivity when working remotely. Time tracking can help you best understand where your time goes.
Tools like Toggl, TimeDoctor, and RescueTime, track and monitor how much time you or your remote team spends on a specific task or app. It will keep your remote workforce productive.
Tools like SelfControl and Serene cut out distractions and help you stay focused and complete the work faster.
SelfControl is a free and open-source application for macOS that lets you temporarily block the distracting websites, Twitter, Instagram, or any other.
Serene also shields you from distractions by blocking distracting apps & websites. Serene can also silence your phone, control Philips Hue lights, update your Slack status, and more.
Take a trip to space with Zoom’s outer space virtual background. Just click on the small caret next to the camera icon and you’ll see the option to enable one of its virtual backgrounds.
You can also upload as many backgrounds as you’d like, and switch them whenever you please. It helps to hide any background clutter when working remotely and makes your Zoom meetings more beautiful and fun.
It’s hard to hold a brainstorming session without a board to note down thoughts, so in a remote environment, an online whiteboard is a solution.
PinInTo.me is a simple and free tool that allows you and your team to collaborate and create their own notes and drag and drop them across the virtual corkboard. Share and brainstorm ideas.
Are you having trouble with your audio in your team meeting calls? Try Krisp app to mute background noise during your video calls. Have noise-free meetings with your team members by giving them more flexibility and happiness.
Do you have people in your team from different time zones? It’s tough to know who’s working and who’s asleep when you work with a distributed team across the globe.
Tools like Every Time Zone and Worldtimebuddy lets you compare multiple time zones, plan conference calls, and web meetings for business.
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