Remote work is tough, we all know that. No doubt that there are indeed advantages like the freedom to manage your time, but distributed teams are harder to manage, and the right collaboration tools and communication are essential to making it work. Here’s a list of the Tools we use daily to keep our team productive, more connected, and happy.
Obviously, Slack – the business messenger and communications tool – is our go-to place for chat messaging and sending Slack’s powerful integrations are setting it apart from its competitors. We integrate pretty much every other application we are using with Slack to keep every notification, every update in one place.
Trello is a lightweight Kanban tool for none developers, but has the Power-Ups (that’s what Trello calls their integrations) to become one. Trello gave us the freedom to configure it in a way that serves our team of designers and developers in the best way. Tracking our progress and helping us to organize and structure our to-do’s efficiently.
Another obvious choice, Lito – the virtual office for remote teams – helps our team to bring back casual water cooler conversation, overcome loneliness, and inefficient communication as a distributed team. Every time we start working we put on our headsets. Then joined Lito, choose a channel and started talking with each other. Changing our habit of how we communicate drastically reduced the number of chat messages and helped us talk more with each other again. Speeding up the time it takes to get replies and cutting inefficient meeting by half.
Google Docs is our word processor of choice. No other online document collaboration tool is faster and more reliant than Google Docs. Yeah, looking at you Microsoft Word Online. With its excellent integration with Slack you can create a new document right from the chat message field. Commenting and seeing change histories helps us to keep track of our documents journey.
Mural rightfully claims itself the virtual office whiteboard. It’s our go-to place for design thinking activities and in-depth collaboration while meeting. It brought the power of a whiteboard and post-it’s to the online world for our distributed team.
Box evolved over the years to a full blown cloud storage provider that lacks no feature. Box helps us to keep versions of our documents and instantly share them with others in the cloud. Box recently launched Box Drive, an application to mount your Box folders as a hard drive. Mounting enables you to browse all files without actually downloading the file. Box Drive downloads files on opening. You can still mark specific files or folders as offline available to download them for faster access on to your local hard drive.
What are your tools?
I hope this list helps you to get a better picture of how we as a remote team operate. What are some of the tools you and your team use daily to stay productive, connected, and closer? I like to hear your recommendations in the comments!