More and more people starting freelancing careers or combining office work,
with working from home. So the fact that teams nowadays are
geographically dispersed is completely natural.
Having a virtual team has many benefits, as well as some difficulties.
And the biggest difficulties are communication and synchronization.
So, here is a list of Employee Management and Collaboration Tools
that are made to smooth out those difficulties.
1: Google Drive (file sharing and collaboration)
The first irrefutable benefit of using Google Drive is that it’s free, and every person that has a Google account can access it. Another benefit is that it offers more place for file storage than Dropbox. For comparison, using Google Drive you can upload up to 15GB of documents, photos and audio records for free. While Dropbox provides only 2GB of free storage.
Moreover, you have to pay to pay $9,99 for 50GB of storage in Dropbox while Google offers you 1TB for the same price. And Google Docs make collaboration much more comfortable. You can share the document and let the other comment, suggest changes. And all that in real time.
2: Slack (communication)
Slack is a free messenger that is packed with useful features.
Simply sign up, create a team and channels within which the team members will communicate,
Every channel begins with a hashtag, and every user has a name that begins with a @. So, communication on Slack is similar to chatting on Twitter. You use @ to mention a team member and a hashtag to write to a particular channel.
Except for the fact that you can share photos and files via Slack.
The developers provide a flexible pricing policy.
Slack is free for an unlimited amount of users. Along with that, you receive 5 GB of free storage, ability to integrate the messenger with ten other services.
If you want more features like unlimited integration and guest access, you can upgrade at any time.
3: Google Hangouts (Communication)
Google Hangouts is an alternative to Skype if you need an application to have a conference-call.
While Skype allows to have a video-chat with only two people for free, Google
Hangouts allows to video-chat with up to 10 people absolutely for free.
It’s a great app to keep all your conversation at one place.. The great thing about Google Hangouts is synchronization. If you log into your Google account on a new device it will take a couple of minutes to upload older messages. So, matter which device you are using, you can still access the history.
4: Yaware.TimeTracker (employee management and time tracking )
How would you like it if you were able to see the work of your remote team?
Yaware.Time Tracker makes it possible. It is an automatic employee management and time tracking software.
The software captures all websites and applications that employees use during the day and automatically categorizes them into productive, unproductive and neutral. So, in the end you get an analysis of employee time and productivity.
Using this tool, you also give your team members an opportunity to improve their time managements skills and get insights to increase their productivity. Yaware.TimeTracker provides a 14-day trial and then the price is $8 per user/ monthly. The longer the subscription, the higher the discount.
5: Basecamp (Project Management)
Basecamp is simple and cheap project management software, which runs in the cloud.
This means that you can easily share the projects with your remote employees.
For $20 a month you get 3GB of free storage, ability to manage ten projects and add as many users as necessary.Everything that you do within Basecamp is autosaved, so there is no way to lose valuable information.
The cool thing about Basecamp is that they offer you a two-month trial. So, you’ve got a plenty of time to get accustomed to the tool.The company also offers you a wide range of apps to integrate with.
Let these tools and apps help you collaborate with your remote
employees much faster, easier and more efficiently.
By: Anastasiya Savelyeva : a Freelance writer who writes on Business related
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