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The Best Tools To Help Your Team Work From Home Effectively

Published September 23, 2021

6 min read

By Laura Boyle

Remote working or working from home has become the new norm. While there are definite advantages to the switch from office-based work, managers and team leaders often have a hard time keeping their teams motivated and their projects running smoothly. Having the right remote working tools can increase communication, boost morale, ease admin issues and keep important projects on track.

Let’s look at some of the best remote working tools businesses are using today.

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Trello

Job: Project Management

Trello is widely regarded as  versatile and easy to use. The platform uses a card-based system for project management, which allows users to break down complex projects into separate tasks. Each project is assigned to a board, and each task, a card on the project board. It also offers the ability to assign tasks to individual team members, who can then mark the task as complete. Trello is compatible with web, android and iOS.

They offer a range of monthly subscription plans, as follows:

Key Benefits:

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ProofHub

Job: Project Management

ProofHub is marketed as an all-in-one, remote project management solution. Like Trello, it allows users to break complex projects down into tasks and assign them to individual team members. ProofHub also offers features for time-tracking, file sharing, and team chat. The platform is available for iOS, Android and web. It’s a great solution for remote teams looking to manage all aspects of their remote working environment with one, easy to use platform.

ProofHub’s Ultimate Control Plan costs $89/month, with no individual user fees.

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Wrike

Job: Project Management

Wrike is a great platform for managing complex projects with multiple stakeholders. It offers a collaborative proofing feature which lets various contributors leave comments on documents. Wrike is known for its user-friendly, minimalist design and intuitive interface. Like Trello and ProofHub, Wrike can be used to create custom workflows, assign tasks, and set deadlines. The platform is compatible with Android, iOS and web.

Wrike’s Business Plan package costs $24.80 per user, per month.

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Slack

Job: Communication

Slack is the remote communication platform of choice for many well-known brands. The platform allows users to create dedicated channels for projects and teams, to avoid repeat communication over via direct messenger. However, it does offer a direct messaging facility for times when this is more appropriate. Slack is available on Windows, MacOS, Android and iOS. It can also be integrated with many popular third party apps like Salesforce Chatter and Google Drive.

Slack’s Plus Plan costs $6 per user, per month.

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Microsoft Teams

Job: Communication

Microsoft teams is one of the world’s most popular remote communication tools which allows for direct messaging, group chats, and reliable video conferencing. This tool facilitates all necessary one-on-one, group-based and face-to-face communication, making it the ideal communication solution. It also allows team members to enhance messages with emojis, gifs, and stickers – all of which are workplace friendly. Microsoft Teams is available on Windows, MacOS, iOS and Android.

Teams is available as part of Microsoft’s Office 365 Home Plan, which costs $9.99 per month for up to 6 users.

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Microsoft Teams workplace software

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Krisp

Job: Communication

Krips is the ideal communication tool for teams who engage in regular business meetings and value great sound quality. It comes with intelligent noise-reduction software which automatically detects and cancels out background noise. The platform is affordable, user-friendly and easy to install, though it is not compatible with Android or iOS. Unlike Microsoft Teams and Slack, Krisp does not include a text-messaging facility and can only be used for audio and video communication.

Krisp offer a free version and a paid plan which starts at $3.33/month.

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Google Drive

Job: File Sharing

Google Drive is one of the most widely used file sharing platforms. This highly versatile platform allows teams to share videos, audio files, documents, presentations and images. Users can choose to share via a link or by adding specific team members to a file. Preferences are easy to change and customizable, in that files can be set as editable, or view only. Google Drive works with Web, Windows, MacOS, Android and iOS.

The basic version of Google Drive is free to use. They also offer an Enterprise version for $8 per user, per month. However, the Enterprise version costs an additional $1 per 25GB of storage.

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Microsoft OneDrive

Job: File sharing

OneDrive is the ideal platform for flexible, reliable file sharing. In addition to sharing documents, presentations, videos and audio files saved in OneDrive, users can choose to access files offline. The sharing facility is intuitive and easy to use. Simply add users to a document or copy and send a shareable link. OneDrive is available on Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android and web.

OneDrive is available as part of Microsoft’s Office 365 Home Plan, which costs $9.99 per month for up to 6 users and includes 1TB of storage space.

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Microsoft OneDrive on smartphone and laptop

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TimeCamp

Job: Time Tracking

TimeCamp allows managers to quickly and easily view what each team member is currently doing. The time tracking facility can be activated or deactivated at 10-minute intervals, making it the perfect platform for accurate tracking of hours worked. TimeCamp also includes analytics features which show how much time was spent on different tasks for each project, or by day. It is available on Windows, MacOS, Android, iOS and web.

TimeCamp’s Pro Plan costs $10 per user, per month.

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TimeDoctor

Job: Time Tracking

TimeDoctor is an advanced and versatile piece of time management software, trusted by large corporations and SMEs alike. In addition to time tracking, TimeDoctor includes convenient project management and employee monitoring tools. It allows users to distinguish between employees and freelance workers, making it easy to track project progress and manage billable hours. This platform also comes with a pay slip generation feature, which can be set to either weekly or monthly pay slips. Unlike other time management apps, TimeDoctor also monitors time spent in meetings, on calls and using the internet. Unfortunately, it is only compatible with Android and iOS – there are no web or desktop versions.

TimeDoctor’s paid plans start at $7 per user, per month.

Key Benefits:

Time Doctor software

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What to look for in remote working tools

Nothing kills morale and productivity quite like slow or uncooperative software. Choosing tools that are accessible and easy to use is now even more important, as your team members do not necessarily have the safety net of the office environment and onsite IT help while working through challenges or familiarizing themselves with new software. Though affordability is important, most companies should prioritize ease of use and accessibility. You might ensure the latter by choosing cloud-based programs and tools that are available on both mobile and desktop.

About the Author

Author

Laura Boyle is an expert writer and researcher with over a decade of experience producing high-value marketing collateral in the fields of medicine, business, and finance. Laura is also the Co-Founder of UK-based copywriting agency Black & Gold, where she works as a lead writer, creating branded content for clients all over the world. In her spare time, Laura can be found bingeing on good food and great books – usually at the same time.

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