Posted by Rewan Tremethick on November 19th, 2015.
Location, time and culture can all be barriers when working with a global team. Being spread out across the world has its advantages, but there are also obstacles you have to navigate. With the right equipment and tools, you’ll be able to work at your best, regardless of where you are all located.
In the first of a two-part post, we look at 3 great tools, including apps and software programs, that make remote working easier, more efficient, or just plain fun.
Slack is a simple yet sophisticated tool that makes collaborative working a breeze. One part instant messaging, one part file sharing, Use categories to organise conversations on any kind of topic, from discussions on the latest project to private chats between select team members.
You can drag and drop documents to upload them to Slack, then share and comment on them as necessary. Star them in order to retrieve them again later on. You can find all uploaded documents by using the search bar to quickly retrieve the information you’re looking for.
There’s no need to switch between apps when using Slack: integrate all your tools, from Soundcloud to MailChimp, in order to switch seamlessly between tasks.
Creating a feeling of unity can be hard when your team is spread out across several different countries. Sqwiggle has made it a lot easier to build strong connections between team members who may never have even met by showing you updated webcam shots of them at work.
You’ll see photos of your colleagues at work displayed in a grid pattern, allowing you to keep tabs on everyone and feel like you’re actually part of a team. The webcam photos are updated periodically so you can see who’s present and who’s stepped away from their desk for a while. Being able to see each other’s faces allows you to bond as a team.
If you need to check in with someone you can use the team chat function, or simply click on their photo to start an instant video chat.
Cyber security is an important concern for all companies and sharing passwords and other login details with team members across the world exposes you to risk. Medium offers a handy solution, giving team members access to your apps without ever releasing the passwords to them. You can choose who can access what, so different team members can use the same interface to access different tools. It’s a secure way of working that keeps your sensitive business data safe.
Medium already has support for a huge range of tools and its custom apps feature allows you to use the software with any kind of application, even ones unique to your team.
Work Without Boundaries
Global teamwork relies upon the internet, so why not make the most of it? The tools listed here help you to perform tasks as if you were all in the same building, solving problems and working more efficiently.
On top of that, they make collaborative working fun.
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