The pandemic has altered our views on ‘regular life’ or a ‘normal day’. We have been compelled to leave our comfort zones and explore new ways of life. The same goes for our decades old working patterns. Remote working is now the new norm.
As more and more countries declared lock down, the businesses had to quickly come up with an alternative to keep their engines running. While the tech companies have had a smooth transition from on-site to remote working, it has not been easy for many other industries. Twitter and Square have permitted their employees to work from home permanently. Facebook and Google are letting their employees work from home until the end of this year.
While millennials have easily been able to adapt to the whole work-from-home concept, it has not been easy for everybody. If you feel like you have lost the connection with your colleagues or company or if your performance worries you, the following are some tools that will definitely make your day better.
Invest in a set-up
You cannot start to compare technology enabled modern offices to your homes. The reason why people are ready to work when they step into the offices is the environment. Thus it is a great idea to have a dedicated corner or room in your home and give it an office’s look. Invest in a good table and a comfy office chair. Decide if you are more comfortable working on a laptop or a wide screen computer. Other tools like a wireless mouse, bluetooth keyboard, webcam, noise-canceling headphones, smart speaker, and multifunction printer can make all the difference when you have to work there every day.
There are arrays of platforms that enable flawless connections. Stay in touch with clients as well as your team mates on platforms like Zoom, GoToMeeting, Cisco’s Webex, or Skype. With chat tools like Hangout, Chanty, Slack, and Workplace by Facebook, you do not need to feel isolated. Collaborate on tasks with options like Asana, Smartsheet, and Trello. Office 365 offers conferencing and chat app as well as other collaboration tools.
Switch to Adaptive WiFi
Adaptive WiFi uses artificial intelligence to understand the data needs in your home and devices. It then allocated the required bandwidth. Not only does it make sure all your devices get the wifi they need, it ensures most-used devices get the most secure and powerful service. Speed and security both at your fingertips.
Project Management Platforms
Project Management platforms can offer detailed data and insights into your business to enable better management of resources. Tableau, Microsoft Power BI, and other business intelligence tools offer highly visualized data to help you easily spot trends, gain insights, and act on them quickly.
Encouraging managers and teams to regularly update projects not only guarantees better project management but it also eliminates unnecessary meetings.
Team Management Platforms
Productivity and engagement concerns are common when everyone is working from home. Managers can have some visibility with apps such as Microsoft Teams. You can track attendance and billable hours with Deputy and TSheets apps. The app Timely automatically tracks each person’s time spent in apps, documents, meetings, emails, and more.
With no personal interaction, it is more important than ever to have your brand recollection with your audience. Keep your customers informed with Email newsletters on Mailchimp and Campaign Monitor. Apps like Freshdesk and Zendesk maximize customer retention by improving phone, online, and other channels services and support. CRM platforms like Salesforce and Insightly are not being used as customer marketing platforms too with advanced tools like sales staff management, analytics to help identify sales opportunities, and more.
As working from home becomes more and more important using technology to your benefit can make the transition from office to home smooth and easy.