Take Full Advantage of Communication Platforms
In addition to Zoom, here are some of the virtual productivity tools that we’ve been relying on the most while working remotely:
Asana. Not gonna lie – Asana’s been essential for us since long before self-quarantining. It’s an ultra-user-friendly task management platform that lets you keep track of all your ongoing and completed projects. It has so many functionalities that we could write an entire post about Asana alone, so we highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t yet.
TrackingTime. When your entire team is separated, it’s critical to be able to track projects and continue managing time effectively. We’ve tried out our fair share of time-tracking software, and TrackingTime has been the best by far. Not only is it affordable and intuitive, but it also integrates directly with Asana.
Slack. Whether it’s getting important updates on deliverables or sending lighthearted memes back and forth, Slack is the most efficient professional IM platform there is. You can create different channels, with different members, for each of your projects or customers; you can create private channels with member-only access; and you can integrate with Drive to share documents directly within channels. Oh – and you can create custom emojis. Thought that was worth mentioning, too.
Distinguish Between Workspaces and “Chill” Spaces
Get Out in the Sun
Appreciate Each Other
1. Start off weekly meetings by asking every member of the team to express how they’re feeling that day (generic answers like “fine” and “good” won’t cut it). This places the focus on them as an individual human being apart from their professional identity, giving them a platform and safe space to share any doubts or concerns they may be having during this weird time.
2. Share memes, jokes, quotes, or other funny and inspiring things via Slack. Our “General” Slack channel has everything from work-related questions to “Happy Birthday”s and funny memes. Using your virtual communications platforms to be friends as well as coworkers does wonders for morale.
3. Give positive reinforcement. Whether in-person or virtual, pats on the back always feel good and motivate team members to keep doing their best.