More and more companies are realizing the benefits of a remote workforce. However, keeping remote employees engaged and productive can be difficult. Using a staffing firm makes the process of hiring remote even easier since the agency can ensure this employee has the skills needed to complete the job. Not to mention, the process staffing companies take to vet candidates is usually much more in-depth than most in-house recruiting efforts.
Having the right tools to manage your remote workforce is a must if you want to have a successful remote working environment. The following eight tools will help you keep your remote workers engaged and on task.
The internet if full of file sharing options, but none of them top DropBox. Dropbox makes it easy for you to invite others to share folder and files, and it integrates well with many other remote office tools, making it the go-to option for sharing files for remote businesses.
Asana solves the problem of managing multiple conversations about multiple projects with remote employees. The cloud-based project management service makes it easy to track conversations with staff and organize them by task and by project. It completely cuts out the time you and your employees spend monitoring and searching email and makes communicating with a remote workforce a painless experience.
Never again worry about remembering a long list of passwords or adding a new employee to every account and service. LastPass allows you to manage all your cloud-based accounts and services from one account with one password. You now can easily add employees to the necessary accounts securely.
The granddaddy of project management systems, Basecamp provides more options than Asana and is a good choice for organizations managing large team projects. Basecamp allows project managers to keep track of all their projects and allows you to monitor all manner of tasks, from scheduling and discussions to adding documents and ensuring you’re reaching your milestones.
Trello is the ultimate get-organized tool. It’s has a visual layout that makes organizing everything from projects to content calendars a breeze. Its drag-and-drop interface makes it easy to use and easy to bring on any new team members without having to worry about a steep learning curve. Use the Power-Ups to add even more functionality to Trello, and it easily becomes the Swiss army knife of organization apps.
Of all the social media management tools, Buffer has to be one of the most useful and easy to use. The app allows you to post to all major social media networks, including LinkedIn, Google+ and Instagram. The drag-and-drop interface makes it easy to schedule a post, and Buffer offers an easy team setup and provides robust analytics so you can keep track of your best-performing posts.
7. I Done This
I Done This is a task tracking tool that makes it simple for your team to provide daily updates on their progress with a simple email. At the end of each work day, your team sends an email and you receive a report of all the tasks everyone has completed. I Done This is also great because it integrates with many other services, including Slack, which is next on the list.
Slack allows remote workers to feel like they’re part of a team. It’s a less formal chat option that allows workers to stay in contact and ask questions that aren’t part of a formal meeting. Slack lets you create separate groups and multiple channels, giving it the feel of a virtual workspace. If you’re having a hard time fostering a sense of community among your remote workers, Slack is the tool to accomplish that goal.
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