The concept of remote working has moved from being a luxury to a necessity for many employees around the world. This movement towards remote working is an opportunity to explore new online tools that will hopefully will still be useful when we return to normal working environments (whenever that will be!). You only have to look at the share price of Zoom to see how tools that support remote working are currently fairing (spoiler alert: share price is sky rocketing).
To support employees that are now working from home, below are a list of tools that you never knew you needed.
READER BEWARE: Use these tools wisely because remote working tools can end up ruining your productivity.
An online brainstorming tool that lets teams collaborate and share their brilliant ideas in real-time through virtual sticky notes, images, text, shapes and so much more.
Collaboratively design in real time, in one place, and share designs with one link.
Find out when team members are working, how much time they will be spending on specific projects and when they’re taking time off.
Make team decisions together via a transparent voting system.
A virtual office for remote teams. Re-discover the flow of working together in‑person. See, talk to, and collaborate with your team in one click.
Witeboard is the fastest way to collaborate real-time with your team anywhere.
The business tool that lets you build instant trust, put a face on your brand, and have more personal interactions at scale.
Break your day into smaller, more digestible tasks and keep track of time spent on each task.
A time tracker designed for remote teams, with similar functions described on Pomodoro Technique.
Dive into your favourite environment with these atmospheric sounds.
An automated screen dimmer that adjusts your computer display according to the time of the day.
Let people book virtual meetings with you with meeting times automatically showing in the time zone they’re in.
A noise cancelling app for calls that makes remote professionals and teams more productive. It removes background noise from both ends of the call in real time.
An app that will drown out the noise of the street and allow you to concentrate on the work at hand, increasing your productivity.
RescueTime helps you understand where your time goes each day. Optimize your energy. And take back control of your day.
Work from home with confidence. Shield yourself from distractions. Eliminate procrastination. Finish your day feeling accomplished.
Software that coaches managers to have continuous performance development conversations remotely, leading the whole team to create effective operating habits that stick.
A platform for knowledge discovery that helps you understand any topic through the most efficient paths, as voted by the community.
Taskade helps teams stay competitive in this modern environment by cutting down the friction in planning, decision making, so teams can focus on doing.
Get paired with a different team member each week for a casual catch up.
If I’m missing any other useful tools that can help support remote working, please do share them!
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