Businesses around the world have kept health of employees ahead of profit and have initiated ‘work from home’, this initiative is helping people stay safe, but if businesses don’t have sorted out IT infrastructure, making work from home beneficial is extremely hard. So here are some of the best apps for working from home and coronavirus self-isolation.
Productivity Apps with Collaboration Capabilities
At times like these when working remotely is the best thing to do, productivity apps with collaboration capabilities are the biggest necessity. Co-working remotely is one of the biggest challenges for businesses that have initiated work from home.
G Suite: Collaborate on files in real-time, quickly find space on everybody’s calendar, and take meetings from anywhere. G Suite has the tools to boost your productivity. Share and work together on presentations, spreadsheets, and other documents.
Office 365: It is a cloud-based subscription service that brings together the best tools for the way people work today. By using Office 365 employees have the tools they need to collaborate efficiently, communicate remotely, and access files with ease.
Having meetings when everyone is at a different location can be difficult, conference calls are the simple answer to this problem but, it doesn’t feel convenient and does not have features that some of the communication tools have these days.
Zoom Video Conferencing: Popular chat app Zoom is best-known for offering video calls – including with huge numbers of people. There’s a free tier with unlimited meetings, but these group chats are capped at 40 minutes.
Facebook Workplace: Facebook offers a free tool called Workplace that companies can use to stay in touch. Workplace is an enterprise connectivity platform developed by Facebook, Inc. and featuring tools like groups, instant messaging and News Feed.
Microsoft Teams: It is a unified communication and collaboration platform that combines persistent workplace chat, video meetings, file storage, and application integration. COVID-19 continuing to impact people and countries around the world, teams, and schools everywhere are moving to remote work and distance learning.
Discord: This app might feel a bit unusual on the list, but this app has many features that can help you communicate with your co-workers while being quarantine. It is free, has video calls, screen projection, team audio communication, file transfer, and many other features.
Slack: It is a chat room for your whole company, designed to replace email as your primary method of communication and sharing. Its workspaces allow you to organize communications by channels for group discussions and allow for private messages to share information, files, and more all in one place.
File Sharing Made Simple!
While sharing small files and documents is easy and many applications offer that functionality, for big files such as videos, design files, etc. has to be stored and shared securely by using cloud.
Dropbox Business: Dropbox is a well-known brand when it comes to cloud storage, it is simple to use reliable, secure and reasonably priced service. It is one of the oldest cloud storage providers. Dropbox Business simplifies your work, with a central place to access and share files.
Google Drive: Drive comes with 15GB free storage with every account, and additional storage can be bought, or if you have a G Suite subscription, extra storage is included. Google Drive is simple, makes sharing files extremely simple and fast.
Unlike working in the office, when working remotely, taking follow-ups can be a bit difficult, calling and waiting for email reply’s can be frustrating when you’re occupied. There are apps out there that make task management a breeze.
Asana: Plan and structure work in a way that’s best for you. Set priorities and deadlines. Share details and assign tasks. All in one place. Easily organize and plan workflows, projects, and more, so you can keep your team’s work on schedule.
Trello: It lets you work more collaboratively and get more done. It is a fun, flexible, and free way to organize plans, projects and more. Trello is an incredible web-based project management and collaboration tool that would help you plan your projects in one platform.
Basecamp: A real-time communication tool that helps teams stay on the same page; it’s less for traditional project management tasks. Basecamp has focused on developing a simple interface in which users can create projects, document progress and manage tasks. It is a web-based software, allowing users to sign in anywhere, any time.
All around the world, people are taking necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families from coronavirus. Take precautions that are shared by WHO, don’t spread panic. Everyone is in this together and we sure hope we get out of it together as well.
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