Business Connection Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic:
Best Team Collaboration Tools for Remote Work
The Corona Virus (COVID-19) has quickly swept through the world, reaching pandemic status and causing countries around the world to declare a state of emergency. Schools, restaurants, theaters, and companies across the nation are closing and shifting to remote work wherever feasible.
To reduce exposure and limit the spread of this fast-moving virus, many companies and individuals across the nation are practicing social distancing and going into self-quarantine to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep employees, customers, family, and friends safe and healthy amid the pandemic.
From a business standpoint, one of the major changes this has brought about is that many people are now working from home for the first time. If you’ve shifted to the remote work model this week in your company, there are some great tools you can use to keep morale up and foster meaningful collaborations while working from home.
Here are some of our top recommendations for cloud-based collaboration software that will help your teams stay connected and keep your business running as we collectively work together to limit the spread of this virus.
VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone systems like RingCentral and 8X8 have been quickly growing in popularity for companies of all types and sizes, primarily due to the portability and cost savings a cloud-based phone system provides for companies both inside and outside the office environment.
With a VoIP system, employees can access your company’s phone system remotely through an internet connection on desktops. VoIP providers can also help you port over your phone numbers to ensure that you have continuity in your business and that clients and customers can easily reach you. Additionally, VoIP also works through mobile apps, so employees can access it from their smartphones and tablets to keep communications intact while working from home.
Video Conferencing and Chat
The CDC's recommendations for social distancing have led many companies to shift quickly to a remote work model. While many companies have been embracing remote work more and more in recent years, this is a sudden, impactful change for many companies and employees. Using video conferencing and chat can help you keep a sense of connection and facilitate meaningful interactions and meetings internally and externally for your business.
Video conferencing and chat tools can be a very effective and cost-friendly way to stay connected with colleagues, partners, clients, and customers. When you cannot meet physically in person, meeting on a video call is the next best thing. There are several free video conferencing options like GoToMeeting that allow for video meetings and chat with limited numbers of participants.
However, as a result of the rapid shift to online work during the COVID-19 pandemic, many leading video conferencing vendors like Zoom and Cisco WebEx are increasing their trial periods and giving companies access to remote communication systems and tools for free for up to 30 days.
Project Management and Team Organization
Keeping your team organized and synched on important initiatives and projects is always a key challenge for businesses and doing so remotely can add another layer of complexity. However, there are several great project management and team organization tools on the market, such as Asana, Trello, and Basecamp.
These online project management systems are very user-friendly and easy to set up with projects, tasks, and reminders to help you keep your teams on track while they’re working from home. These platforms are accessible online, so your teams can collaborate, share status and updates, and check tasks from their lists in a collaborative environment.
Let Wheelhouse Connect You with Leading Cloud Communication Vendors!
In response to the crisis, cloud-based communication and collaboration software vendors are stepping up to meet the challenge and aid the sudden shift to remote work with extended free trials and other tools to help companies stay connected and make the transition to remote work as seamlessly as possible.
If you need help choosing the best cloud-based tools to support successful remote work, our team is here to help! We have relationships with all the leading software vendors, and we’re happy to connect you with vendors and set up complimentary appointments to get you the tools you need for operating your business remotely.