As work-from-home becomes the norm for many individuals it requires some adjustment. While it may be a dream come true for many it can pose a challenge for others. We have to ask the question of how do we ensure that we still give high-quality output and we maintain the high standards that our companies or our client know us for?

To be efficient we must rely on technology. Here’s a remote tech toolkit to help with a smooth transition, many of them we’ve been using for years:

  1. Develop SOP collaboration workspace

    If this is not currently in place, it’s never been more important to have your organization’s SOPs (standard operating procedures) documented and centralized. Identify a content collaboration workspace tool allowing you to ensure that every employee knows where to go to find critical documents. The SOPs will also help with sharing best practices and processes.

  2. Project / work flow management tool

    This one is a no-brainer. Just because your team is decentralized doesn’t mean your work has to be. Having one shared central place for all of your work.

  3. Chat tool

    Lengthy email threads back and forth are really frustrating & tedious. Often, teams need to have real-time conversations that allows decisions to be made quickly and information to be shared immediately.

  4. Video conferencing tool

    Make meetings feel as in-person as possible. There are many video conferencing software available, some free and others with more feature for a small fee. Using a video chat tool for meetings or one to ones can help to facilitate more productive, empathetic conversations, keep your team connected, and restore some of the human element you might currently be missing.
    Screen Sharing / Recording Feature – find 1 which allows for recording / sharing – it’s just easier to show rather than tell.

  5. File Sharing Tool

    No tech stack, remote or otherwise, would be complete without a file sharing tool. This is fundamental in your everyday workflow particularly if your organisation is highly collaborative.

  6. Noise Cancelling Headphones

    For your own peace of mind, noise cancelling headphones. Yup, this will help to maintain focus and resist the distracting sounds of your own home (TV, kids, pets, neighbour etc).

What tools do you use to help to keep your team focused and happy? This is our new normal, at least for a while. What’s in your tool kit? Let us know in the comments.

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