There are a number of really great collaboration tools that will make this period a whole lot easier!
At the moment, the way in which we work is drastically different to how it was a few months back. As a result of the global outbreak of COVID-19, millions of people all over the world are now working from home, some for the first time in their careers.
And while this can be very daunting, thankfully we live in a time where working from home as part of a team has never been easier. Why? Well, we have access to say many brilliant collaboration tools online, that can allow us to function to the same standard as we would if we were in the office.
Here are 5 of the best collaboration tools that we’re using at the moment, and do let us know if you have any others we’ve missed!
Zoom Video Communications is an American remote conferencing service company headquartered in California. It provides a remote conferencing service that combines video conferencing, online meetings, chat, and mobile collaboration. The use of Zoom has increased by over 67% since the start of March, proving that it really is one of the best collaboration tools out there. Plus, you can download it for free, and who doesn’t love that?
Ah Slack, where would we be without you? Slack, if you’re not familiar with it, is an instant messaging service that offers many IRC-style features, such as persistent chat rooms (channels) organised by topic, private groups, and direct messaging. It’s a really quick and handy way to chat with members of your team!
Google Hangouts is a communication software product developed by Google. Originally a feature of Google+, Hangouts became a stand-alone product in 2013. In 2017, Google began developing Hangouts into a product aimed at enterprise communication. Hangouts is now part of the G Suite line of products and consists of two primary products: Google Hangouts Meet and Google Hangouts Chat. Interestingly, Google is set to shut down the classic G Suite version of Hangouts in June 2020, but will continue to support the consumer version of classic Hangouts.
Microsoft Teams is a unified communication and collaboration platform that combines persistent workplace chat, video meetings, file storage (including collaboration on files), and application integration. The service integrates with the company’s Office 365 subscription office productivity suite and features extensions that can integrate with non-Microsoft products.
Users of this incredibly handy tool can create task boards with several columns and move the tasks between them. Typically columns include task statuses: To Do, In Progress, Done. The tool can be for personal and business use. Trello has a variety of work and personal uses including real estate management, software project management, school bulletin boards, lesson planning, accounting, web design, gaming, and law office case management.