Avoid Business Disruption During COVID-19 With These Remote Work Tools
Tammy Slaughter wrote this article
It’s no secret that remote work has been on the rise for quite some time now.
Between 2005 and 2017, there has been a 159% increase in remote work opportunities.
But seemingly overnight, the entire U.S. workforce (and beyond) is now joining in on the remote work wave.
Individuals who’ve never had the opportunity to work from home are being encouraged to stay put —thanks to COVID-19 and new social distancing measures.
Companies who’ve never had to manage their operations remotely are now scrambling to do so.
While the financial market tumbles, stocks in remote work tools like Zoom, Slack and Microsoft Office 365 are soaring.
Uncertainty may abound, but one thing you can be confident in is the ability to successfully work from home and manage operations with all the incredible technological tools out there for the taking.
We’re big fans of Slack here at Chop Dawg.
For years now, we’ve handled all internal team communication via Slack. It’s essentially eliminated the need for internal company emails for us.
And that’s a good thing, considering that’s Slack’s ultimate goal.
Slack has been steadily on the rise for years now, especially after successfully going public last summer.
One quick glance at the current stock market trends, and you can see clearly that Slack’s stock is on the rise amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic.
They’ve also begun the rollout of a beautifully timed overhaul of their platform, designed to make collaboration and communication even easier for users.
One point of criticism for Slack has long been what some view as it’s ‘busy’ user interface. It would seem with this update, they are trying to quell that noise once and for all, with a more streamlined look and feel.
Slack’s redesign will be rolled out over the next several weeks and will include:
– A new navigation bar to search across an organization, a sidebar that includes key conversations, files and apps
– Ability to start a message anywhere in the app with a new ‘compose’ button.
– Paid users will have access to even more features, such as the ability to use emoji labels to organize channels and conversations.
This marks the biggest change to Slack’s app since it went live back in August 2013!
While businesses at-large are scurrying to set their employees up to work remotely in response to the pandemic, it’s quite possible the work-at-home mentality may persist even after COVID-19 is contained.
With this overhaul, Slack is positioning itself to be ready once it does.
This robust project management and internal organization tool facilitates seamless digital collaboration.
With a variety of workspace templates to choose from depending on how you’d like to present your thoughts, it truly empowers a team to work together remotely while staying organized, too.
At Chop Dawg, we use this tool daily to help our clients and developers see in real-time what’s being worked on with their app’s deliverable schedule. Our project managers are able to assign specific tasks to team members, and leave feedback when necessary.
Our marketing team also uses Asana to track account logins, marketing resources, and overall brainstorming.
There is a free version of Asana available for teams up to 15 users per month, with the paid version costing $10.99 per user per month when billed annually and $13.49 per user per month when billed monthly.
All in all — not bad, considering the value this app can bring to you and your team.
We use this tool every day at Chop Dawg.
From our work calendar and email to Google Docs, it’s simple, it’s easy, it’s associated with all of our email addresses here — it just makes perfect sense.
Don’t sleep on the usefulness of Google Docs, and setting up a designated Google Drive environment for your team’s resources to live.
GSuite can be a great hub for your online business assets.
Now more than ever, it’s important for workers to be able to access essential documents and information they need from anywhere — not just from the office or on your company’s intranet.
Plus, the ability to easily collaborate in real-time with others on the team within a Doc is a huge bonus.
While our team uses UberConference, Zoom is another great option to consider.
In fact, Zoom’s CEO has made their software available free to US schools K-12 during the pandemic.
Whichever conferencing software you choose, you can enjoy features like video and voice calling, call recording, screen sharing, and more!
While school is out for the foreseeable future, I see these types of tools changing that if educators and students alike are empowered with the technology they need to be able to navigate this transition smoothly.
We’ve always been remote-first at Chop Dawg, with six locations across the U.S. so we can better serve our clients and team members, so for us, in-person meetings have long been viewed as a luxury with tools like UberConference and Slack to keep us connected.
With COVID-19, meeting in-person actually has become a luxury many can’t afford.
Tools like these can help to change the perception many companies have had in the past — that productivity is better managed in person.
While this move is out of necessity for now, it will be interesting to see just how many companies stick with it after seeing how well it can work for everyone.
Navigating This New Normal Together
Educational institutions and businesses alike are being forced to adapt under this new normal.
Meanwhile, in the background, there’s already been a huge market shift when it comes to tools facilitating communication and collaboration necessary for work and learning remotely.
Chop Dawg and many other companies out there have been operating remotely for over a decade already, and the tech has only gotten better.
COVID-19 is forcing these companies and institutions to modernize their approach in order to survive, and you can, too.
The businesses that are able to navigate this transition successfully will start to flourish once again, and be better equipped moving forward.
About ChopDawg.com: Since 2009, we have helped create 300+ next-generation apps for startups, Fortune 500s, growing businesses, and non-profits from around the globe. Think Partner, Not Agency.
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