The 5 best tools to support and engage while hybrid working.
It’s safe to say the Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we all work forever, especially when it comes to working from home. In 2020, it was reported that up to 72% of people were working fully remote. In recent studies by Leadership IQ, only 9% of employees said they wanted to return to working in an office full time after lockdown. So it's not hard to foresee that more and more teams will continue to, or introduce, new ways of working in a hybrid working world - where time is split between home and face-to-face in the office.
This means online solutions and mobile platforms are now more important than ever before, especially if organisations want to continue to support and grow their people. Thankfully, the world and its technology mean we're in the best place possible (in our history) to make the hybrid model work for us.
The task being, with so many choices out there, what are the best options for you and your team. What are the benefits and the unique set of challenges you're going to collectively face?
Here are five tools that can empower any workforce in a hybrid working world.
Clear communication with your people.
Without a doubt, remote working means there is so much more text-based communication going on with teams and clients. It's always been easier to articulate what we mean face-to-face, but without this being the norm, everyone needs to have the skills and tools to communicate precisely. This is critical for global companies where it's just as likely to converse with those whose first language isn't English. Grammarly is the perfect tool to ensure your communications are error-free and that you're saying what you mean to. The more people who use it, the better they'll all become.
Grammarly say; There are lots of ways to check your spelling, but what about all the other things that go into a strong piece of writing? Grammarly's writing app makes sure everything you type is not only correct, but also clear and easy to read.
Project Management software (Kanban framework).
Trello is a great option for teams (and especially Project Managers) looking to consolidate and simplify the project management and/or delivery process. Definitely, one of the simplest tools out there, Trello and its Kanban (card-based) board helps keep everyone on track. It's probably fair to say, a more Agile way of working will suit the hybrid working model. Essentially, 'cards' are the basic blocks of Trello, for which you organise into different phases of the board - such as "Backlog", "In progress", and "review". It also helps that you can customise boards, add files and assets, and invite other team members.
Trello say; Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what's being worked on, who's working on what, and where something is in a process.
People & culture engagement platform.
Campfire is a people-first engagement platform that helps everyone maintain a sense of culture, community, and wellbeing, especially when working remotely. During the massive shifts of the pandemic, it's been obvious for all organisations to consider their logistical needs - such as video conferencing, project management, and messaging tools. But what has been done for HR teams and specifically the cultures they're responsible for supporting and growing.
That's where Campfire comes in, an engagement tool that helps individuals, teams, and departments to connect with the broader organisation. Leaders are able to use quick and simple polls to get true feedback, quizzes to engage, news feeds to provide bite-sized content, and organisational updates so everyone can stay informed and aligned.
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A platform where everyone can chat.
Slack is the chief chat platform that we all know and love and has to be one of the top tools for people working remotely or even within the same building. Slack is a real-time messaging tool, where users can share files and collaborate across projects and departments with simplified communications. Slack has many features and can be broken down into channels for teamwork, or direct messaging between individuals. In addition, voice and video calls are also possible within the app. The ability to search previous conversations is also a massive advantage and makes Slack the perfect collaboration tool - not to mention the availability of a free version. The only real watch-out is that with the ease of use some people feel the need to "be on" 24/7, which can lead to burnout.
Slack say; An easier, more organised way to work. You could get buried in emails. Or you could get real work done in Slack.
5. Google Workspace (formerly G Suite)
Collaborative cloud-based office workspace.
Google Workspace offers one of the most powerful and easy-to-use sets of office and collaboration tools for any business and/or organisation - almost as powerful and flexible as Microsoft 365, it's by far the best cloud-based office suite available. Besides Gmail and Meet (both industry leaders) Google Drive is where the magic really happens. Teams can share, edit, and essentially collaborate like never before. The beauty is that it can be accessed anywhere - remotely or in the office, desktop, or by mobile.
Google say; How teams of all sizes connect, create, and collaborate. A flexible, innovative solution for people and organisations to achieve more.