According to the statistics in 2015, 37% of U.S. workers said that they have telecommuted to work and a survey done between business owners state that 60% of them office-based employees will be working from home by 2022. This shows that more and more companies are embracing remote working.
But even as working from home becomes more popular, some companies that have already adopted this model of working, have management problems. Of course, there are guides and case studies that show successful management examples with remote teams, but they all say one thing – companies embracing this model need time to acclimatize.
Luckily we have the internet and its magic. We have the technology to make managing remote working a bit easier. So when it comes to managing your remote team, here are few tools that can help.
Calendly is pretty simple calendar sharing tool. All you need to do is send a link to your shared calendar via email to your team. The team member can then copy and paste the link into their browser before hitting enter. The calendar than appears and the team member can schedule day and time for a meeting. Additional features that Calendly offer are:
- Auto-adjusting time zones.
- Integrations with Google, Outlook, Office 365 and iCloud to prevent double bookings.
- Automation of tasks through integration with apps like Salesforce and Zapier.
- Works well for individuals and growing teams.
Calendly is free or you can upgrade to their Premium Plan for $8 per user, per month.
CANVA FOR WORK
If you don’t have a budget for an expensive designer, but you have a lot of design work to do, Canva is an easy-to-use design tool that lets you create your own designs without spending a fortune. Also, there are a lot of designers that also use this platform.
One of the features that Canva has is Canva for Work. This feature gives you the chance to use a drag and drop editor and to create beautiful graphics and designs. Also, with Canva for Work you will have access to designs, templates, logos, fonts, custom brand colors and you can even collaborate on designs in the “team stream”.
Pricing for Canva for Work begins at $12.95/month.
This mind mapping tool helps you to capture, refine and share ideas with your colleagues.
Currently, there are over 7 million people that use it to brainstorm, take notes, plan projects, and work on other creative tasks.
MindMeister is a web-based solution, and it works with Windows, Mac, or Linux.
If you want to upgrade with additional features, you can use MeisterTask, the online task and project management app for teams.
For this tool, you can sign up for free and there are different pricing plans that go from $4.99 for the personal plan, $8.99 for pro plan and $12.49 for the business plan, per month.
Appear.in is a video conversation app offering split-screen sharing.
You can create a chat room without signing up, registration, or downloading. All you need to do is visit their site, create a room link, and share with up to eight people, for free.
If you want to invite more than eight people you can subscribe to the premium version for $12/month.
Yammer is a business social media network. It can help you communicate privately with colleagues, share documents, files, like someone else’s status and collaborate effortlessly.
You can access the platform with a simple sign-up using your company email address. You can even integrate with SharePoint.