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7 Best Remote Support Tools for your Organisation

Updated: Apr 11



The Pandemic continues to infect thousands of people in the world. The crisis has already transformed into an economic shock and sustaining our organisations will be particularly difficult. We are now incorporating remote working in our organisations to ensure continuity.

According to Harvard Business Review, remote workers are more productive. In light of this, it is absolutely paramount to have the perfect home office arsenal during this pandemic.

These tools maximise our productivity and it makes all the difference. With these remote work tools at our fingertips, we can improve our workflow more. Our list includes communication apps, project management solutions, file sharing tools, and more. Here are our favorites!


REMOTE SUPPORT TOOL FOR TEAM COMMUNICATION

SLACK

Everyday, we are often faced with a messy inbox full of random email messages. Slack can help! It offers real-time messaging and comes with neat features. Conversations are organised into channels and sharing documents, images, and videos will be a breeze! It’s a very powerful communication tool.


REMOTE SUPPORT TOOL FOR TIME MANAGEMENT

MS OUTLOOK CALENDAR

There is so much more than just simply accepting, declining or getting reminders from your calendar. With MS Outlook Calendar, you have a unified view of your calendar, email, notes, tasks, and contacts. You can create events, organise meetings, view group schedules, and even send calendars to anyone through email. The great thing about it is it’s versatile, simple, and free. Perfect for busy executives like you!


REMOTE SUPPORT TOOL FOR WRITING AND EDITING

GRAMMARLY

Writing and editing are one of the most important skills in remote working. It is crucial to make sure that our writing is error-free at the same time, easy to read. Grammarly goes above and beyond checking our grammar and spelling. It also checks for plagiarism and writing style. It’s like having our own personal writing assistant. We find it very useful for all sorts of writing.


REMOTE SUPPORT TOOL FOR FILE SHARING

MS ONEDRIVE

Sharing and changing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and other files with remote team members can be frustrating if not for the tools to help us out. MS OneDrive is a free online storage in your Microsoft account. With this, we can save and share our documents and media easily and synchronise files between the cloud and local folder. On top of that, we can access files from multiple devices and includes many integrated programs such as Excel, Word, and Powerpoint.


REMOTE SUPPORT TOOL FOR PROJECT MANAGEMENT

TRELLO

The best thing about this project management tool is that it visually maps out what our team is working on. Eradicate chaos by color coding boards, assigning tasks, adding comments, and even uploading file attachments. By using only the drag and drop functionality, we are able to move tasks around in a simple flick of a finger. Become more happy, organised and productive with Trello.

MICROSOFT PLANNER

This might be what you’re looking for. Microsoft Planner is somewhat like Trello. It provides a hub for team members to create plans, organise and assign tasks as well as check for progress on the dashboard with its progress-tracking features. It is a functional to-do list but the main draw of it is the collection of tools that surrounds it.


BEST ALL IN ONE APP

MS TEAMS

Think of a video conferencing and online chat software, with a file sharing feature, ability to manage projects and taste, as well as have access to your calendar and you have Microsoft teams.

As with all great things, Skype for Business will come to an end in July 2021. MS Teams will now take over as a frontrunner in the productivity race. With its aim to make communication more streamlined for business, it offers super-organized channel management. It’s definitely designed for larger and more complex organisations. MS Teams earns points for being highly customizable and it supports a wide range of apps for integration.

FINAL THOUGHTS

And there you have it! We urge you to figure out which tools are best for you and spend more time discovering each. In these trying times, we are reminded to work smarter, not harder.


HONOURABLE MENTIONS

  1. Monday.com

  2. Gsuite Range of Apps

  3. Basecamp

  4. Asana



FURTHER READING

What Is Slack, and Why Do People Love It?

Making the most of Office 365 Calendar

Grammarly Review: Is Grammarly Worth buying in 2020?

Microsoft OneDrive: A cheat sheet

20 Creative Ways to Use Trello and Organize Everything

How to Use Microsoft Planner Effectively

Microsoft Teams: How to master remote work beyond the basics



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