Working from home certainly has its benefits! But, it’s also hard to deny there is less communication than when you were in the office. However, thankfully there are ways for virtual business teams to stay connected. See how below.
Stay Connected When Virtual
Thankfully, there are websites/apps that help offices stay together, even when everyone is spread out throughout the country. Virtual offices, such as Slack, offer quick messaging, group chats (called channels), and file sharing. Additionally, public/private folders help everyone find documents easily. You can even take notes- handy for remembering deadlines. Also, it’s the little things- such as, receiving a message that doesn’t require a response, so you can “react” to the message to at least acknowledge it. Slack is a great way to keep everyone and everything together. But, some find it to be a little overwhelming, especially if there’s a great number of channels. In that case, try Asana.
Asana focuses more on scheduling and task managing. It is especially handy for editorial teams needing to keep track of blogs and articles. You can categorize them into “to do”, “doing”, “on hold/scheduled” and “Done”. Additionally, you can write notes and @ mention relevant members to keep everyone updated on your progress. Another site similar to Asana that I personally use is Trello. It is perfect for the organized-obsessed. Here, you create a card under the same categories as Asana, but you can add way more detail to the cards. Add members, due dates, descriptions, activity logs, and reminders! Also, you can create different boards if you need to manage clients. And of course, you can always @ someone for a subtle “hey you need to do this.”
We’d also like to suggest ProofHub as well. Google has all the apps for an organized virtual connected workspace- calendar, hangouts, meet, and of course, being able to send google docs back and forth is a breeze. How does your workplace stay connected virtually? Let us know, we’d love to hear about y’all!
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Tracy is the Design Manager here at Redwood Creative. She’s been designing amazing graphics and web layouts for large and small businesses for upwards of 7 years.