Now that your team is huddling from home, you’re probably wondering: What are the best tools to keep us engaged and productive?
These are 7️⃣ tools we use that are battle-tested in the remote workplace:
Virtual meetings are a great way to continue face-to-face interaction among teams, ultimately boosting morale for those feeling isolated or uninspired. Reminder: Step up your meeting game when it comes to leading your virtual meeting, as this could be your employees’ best chance to engage. Zoom has a robust functionality with hosting, live chat, “raising a hand,” and choosing when to use video. It also easily syncs with most calendars which extends your capability to schedule meetings. Honorable mention: GoToMeeting
Basecamp’s project management functionality – managing teams, maintaining to-do lists, live chat, and document storage – creates a streamlined place for all your business activity. We are B I G fans of Basecamp, because it provides a significant level of accountability and visibility to what we’re accomplishing. As you seek to build trust in the shifting workplace, this project management tool is your best friend.
A cloud-based file storage software is crucial as your team distributes elsewhere. Easily access important information, documents, and content while continuing business as usual. Set up a protocol for file security and ensure every user is password protected. Honorable mention: Google Drive
Our CRM platform allows us to collectively maintain our sales pipelines and customer relationships from anywhere. Create tasks to follow-up, distribute marketing emails, and even use a dedicated business line — right from within the Keap app. We love Keap’s user experience and its inexpensive way of collaboratively managing client communications.
Social media schedulers are a remote worker’s dream tool. Easily hand-pick content in your browser, then slide it over to your publisher. We use Hootsuite to plan weeks and even months in advance. As public health concerns mount and live events are canceled, your business is relying on creative ways to generate content that’s engaging.
Are you better at verbal than written communication? This tool is for the faint of type. Download this plugin extension to your Google Chrome browser, and watch the magic unfold as it underlines and corrects your errors. We on the Cloud Marketing team use Grammarly as a proofing tool in every digital communication we send. It’s going to be super helpful in your remote workforce.
The desire to reduce meetings to email is real. As ordinarily face-to-face communications become comprehensively digital, ensure that your messaging is clear and free of noise. Using bullet points, text formatting variations, and using tools like Grammarly will help you produce effective emails. Be sure that you’re using your CC and BCC effectively to ensure all messages are streamlined and efficient. Oh and — the calendar tool helps, too.