5 tools to help you keep a remote team engaged and efficient

There are lots of opportunities to engage with your team when you’re all at the same place but how does one overcome the challenges arising when the team is being scattered across the globe?

5 tools to help you keep a remote team engaged and efficient

As remote work continues to gain more popularity it also comes with a number of challenges. Those challenges could be in: communication, collaboration, leadership, performance, and workload.

We’ve come up with a list of 5 tools you'd want to have in your belt to navigate your remote team easier and manage the team activities effectively. Some of these might also be crucial in creating a healthy environment and ensure growth inside your team.

  1. Slack

For the most part, Slack is the primary communication tool that’ll bring your team together. It’ll provide you with live communication; organize your chats into channels, so that you’ll be able to keep all the relevant information in one place. Here you can share files, images, and videos, have direct audio and video calls. You can also keep those conversations under threads securing yourself and your coworkers from unwanted notifications. All in all, it contains all the necessary communication tools.

  1. Trello

We know how hard it can be to scroll through notifications without getting lost in multiple bugs or updates. Trello helps to easily track project plans, tasks, and progress so that each employee’s dashboard is visible to everyone. It’ll allow your team members to log anything that needs a fix and manage product feature requests. They can check-in on their workload using simple “to-do”, “doing” and “done” boards. Trello also uses customized tags to mark task priority so no-one misses a deadline.

  1. Timely

When it comes to remote businesses, time tracking is one of the most crucial parts. What makes timely even more revolutionary is the fact that the whole thing is now automatized and simple in use as it is entirely consent-based. Here is how it works: it creates timesheets for your employees through capturing their availability, login activity and overtimes. This data is put into live dashboards, leaving all their contribution visible.

  1. Monday

What makes Monday stand out in a list of other project management designed tools is a more advanced set of features than in some of other better-known alternatives. Essentially they all tend to redesign the to-do list concept, whereas this platform allows you to create and manage all team tasks in real-time. Apart from being able to create and assign tasks to team members, you can also keep an eye on employee onboarding, check overviews, individual workflows, and reports.

  1. Google Hangouts

I don’t need to say a great deal about Google Hangouts; it’s a great tool for weekly huddles as well as one-on-one calls. It’s a great way to connect during the week outside of Slack, and efficiently work through any important events happening, issues we may be facing as a team, things that need to be worked on or improved or any causes for celebration.