When employees are physically distanced from their team members, direct managers, colleagues, and leaders, it can be easy to isolate and disengage with others. This is especially true for newly hired employees who haven’t had the chance to experience the company’s culture.
But this is where digital tools and social networks carry tremendous power in their abilities to bring communities of geographically dispersed and remote employees together.
Here is a list of tools our networks have found beneficial to help transition your physical workforce into a remote one:
This may be an obvious choice but utilising the full capabilities that Google has to offer will make everyone’s life easier. Through Google Hangouts, their video conferencing and chat function, their vast range of productivity applications and collaborative programs, employees can work together no matter where they are located ensuring sleek and reliable access.
Asana, Monday and Trello
If you have concerns about your staff staying on task while working from home using tools such as Asana, Monday or Trello can help you and your employees stay productive and focused. With functions including virtual to do lists you can allocate tasks, let team members know when it’s time to review a project or simply keep employees on track for tasks which are due.
MS Teams and Zoom
As mentioned above, making a habit to connect with employees via video call is of high importance during these remote times. Using video conferencing applications such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom create more opportunities for open communication and a free flow of information and feedback, which is vital for preserving workforce engagement.
Communication is key with all employees but it’s even more vital when it comes to remote staff. To ensure these team members feel included it can be better to over-communicate in order to prevent feelings of isolation. Through communication applications such as Slack you can create continual situations for employees to bring up concerns that aren’t coming up in team talks or one-to-ones, or simply to ask quick questions as they would typically do in person.
Keeping in close contact with your employees and maintaining high levels of collaboration are two key areas to focus on when working remotely. But these dynamics can quickly be disrupted when transitioning from regular, in-person office hours to distributed locations. These platforms can be implemented quickly to help your team make an easy shift into remote work without sacrificing the quality—or quantity—of work.