5 Must-Have Productivity Tools for Remote Work

Keeping productivity levels high when working from home using cloud-based tools.

First published at https://www.hi5.team/blog/5-productivity-tools-remote-work

Companies’ working cultures have been revolutionised. People who had no idea how to work from home had to adapt to the situation and learn how to thrive there.

This new work- and lifestyle inherently taught us the different methodologies for completing the task at hand which we usually did in the office surrounded by our colleagues.

About 88% of organisations worldwide have implemented the full WFH mandate, releasing new working policies to encourage employees to stick to the company.

Well, shifting from one habitat to another has never been easy. This “new” world of digital tools is definitely tough for many people who weren’t a part of this world before.

Therefore, it’s best to find ways to make it easier for your employees to adapt. This article will refer to 5 different productivity tools for remote work.

5 Productivity Tools for Remote Work

#1. Slack (For Communication)

This is perhaps the most revolutionary application for people working from home. Slack looks forward to replacing the old over-the-cubicle quick conversation with 1-to-1, group and company level chat systems well-channelized on the basis of different topics.

With the motto to Kill Emails, Slack Connect even allows employees to communicate with other stakeholders like customers and partners. To keep communications quick, fun and fresh, you can use the wide variety of emoji and even upload your own custom emoji.

Slack at Google Workspace

#2. Jell (For Organising Tasks)

Well, if your job is technical and setting tasks can make your job easier, then, Jell seems to be the perfect application for you. The only reason Jell exists is to help make WFH easier.

The app helps you set up daily standups and tasks for the employees, linking these to other applications like Microsoft Teams, GitHub, Trello, etc. With real-time objective sharing, Jell looks forward to maintaining the integration between different departments and providing accountability dashboards.

#3. Google Drive (For Asset Management)

Google has been one of the smartest tech companies when it comes to bringing a change. Google Drive is arguably the best cloud-based asset management tools, as it helps companies seamlessly keep all their documents in a central place and can attach any file to emails without creating a copy of the same. The best part of the tool is that everything is happening in real-time.

#4. 10to8 (For Schedules and Meetings)

While you’re busy handling all the technical and fundamental chores of the company, it’s someone else’s duty to take care of your calendar and appointments with various clients. Well, hiring a full-time secretary could be an expensive choice, but owning 10to8 might not be.

This application is made for remote workers who find it hard to keep a track of all their meetings and virtual appointments. In order to make it simpler, the application takes care of the difference in time zones and finds the most appropriate hour for both parties.

Apart from this, the app follows high-level compliance with security policies and ensures the utmost protection of your information.

#5. Time Doctor (For Time Management and Productivity Accounting)

One of the best applications to account for work done is called Time Doctor. It keeps track of the time spent on a particular project and even helps with client billing for the work done. The team manager can also add freelancers to projects and keep them accountable to tasks and deadlines.

With their cool nudge feature, freelancers and co-workers can be reminded to work on different projects when their productivity level goes down. Employee time can be used to process bills and payroll making life easier for the team manager.

Well, none of us know when the pandemic will come to an end. With new variants at hand, the lockdown rollercoaster has become a fact of life in most countries. Therefore, the new corporate culture of working from home will become a lifestyle choice as well. The productivity tools for remote work in this article will actually provide a huge help to team leaders and employees for the foreseeable future.

About the Author

Abhijith VM is a blogger/SEO specialist at Geek’s Framework. He loves internet marketing, travel, and cars.

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