In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is having to make rapid adjustments. Those adjustments mean major changes to our everyday lives, including countless employees across a wide array of industries being forced to work from their homes. For many, shaking up the usual routine–even as we unite toward the purpose of stopping this pandemic from spreading–can feel like a massive distraction. But fear not–working from home can be just as productive as working from the office, and sometimes even more so.
Our team at Delta Six Digital has mastered the art of working remotely. We’ve been doing this for years. And we’ve got your back.
From our home offices to yours, here are 6 key tools for maintaining your usual productivity during quarantine:
Organization and productivity go hand-in-hand. If you’re a fan of bulletin boards or to-do lists, these apps take it to the next level. Build dynamic boards with your entire team to assign work, categorize it, and keep track of what still needs to be completed. These apps make life easier for both management and employees. With the help of a visual, organized space, it’s easier to manage workflow and remember daily to-dos without getting bogged down by household distractions.
Miss the quick, easy flow of information within the office? We get it–emailing all day can get a little tedious. And no one has time to sit on the phone 24/7 passing around messages. Slack offers a streamlined substitute for that easy interdepartmental communication. It’s essentially an instant messenger for the modern era, allowing you to create groups and channels centered around different topics. Easily send and share files, ping coworkers, and integrate with other apps for a smooth workflow.
Google Business is a necessity, whether you’re working remotely or not. Gmail is one of the best email services available, and when you factor in features like Google Drive, Docs, Slides, and more, it makes collaborative work simple, even when you’re miles apart. Pick and choose who can edit files, upload and organize important documents, and work as a team to complete projects with ease.
There’s been plenty of buzz around Zoom in recent weeks, and it’s not hard to understand why. The remote conferencing service makes it easy to touch base with your team or your clients from the comfort of your home. Use either video or voice conferencing, complemented by chat boxes and an organized app that even allows you to track when employees are viewing other screens, so that you can maximize attention and productivity.
The concept of Shift is pretty straightforward, but it can save a load of time and hassle in the long run. Instead of dealing with constant logins and logouts between different emails and accounts, Shift allows you to easily toggle between them at the click of a button. Trust us when we say it’ll make your life easier, even when you’re eventually back in the normal office!
6. Daily Stand-Up Meetings
Okay, so this one might not be an app or platform, exactly, but it should still be a key tool in your remote working arsenal. Without the regular contact of an office, it’s easy for you and your team to get sidetracked and lose sight of both short and long-term goals. We recommend establishing a daily meeting using an app like Zoom. Just set aside 15-30 minutes for everyone to discuss their goals and deadlines for the day. The accountability will help keep everyone on track, and it will help you track overall progress. Plus, a little friendly catch-up can’t hurt overall morale.
Look, we know it’s a big adjustment, especially when the future of regular offices is a bit uncertain in the coming months–but we want to help! If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to reach out. The D6D team can help get you set up with everything you need. Contact us now for assistance.