The business environment has changed. An estimated 43% of Americans work remotely. With such a high number of remote workers, technology tools become extremely important. Let’s have a look at the best technology tools for remote workers.
We will examine this via several categories. Our focus will be on group chat, web and video conferencing, and project management tools. While there are other tools that might be important for the remote worker, these categories represent the major areas of concern for any remote worker.
There are many options in this category, but Slack is the tool we use. It just works. That’s a key thing when considering the best technology tools for remote workers. Email can be a cumbersome tool which is why so many teams these days are looking for an alternative. This is why services like Slack, a group messaging app, have become so popular. With Slack, teams can set up spaces, called channels, to have conversations and discuss projects. Instead of having to fish through your email to follow a thread, it’s all in one place, visible to everyone.
Slack also allows for threading of conversations and that’s a very important aspect of the tool. Sometimes one or more people need to discuss an issue brought up to the entire group. By creating a thread, the main comment is in the group/channel where everyone can read it, but interested parties can go into the thread and respond and not bother everyone in the channel.
Slack also works across all your devices. It also allows you to customize your notifications so you only get notified of relevant things. Slack is a great tool, but the paid version is quite expensive. Unfortunately, the free version offers limited access to archived messages. The paid version allows you to find all the messages in the archives and it allows for group video calls.
WEB AND VIDEO CONFERENCING
There are many options available for this category. We highly recommend Zoom because it has a free plan that offers some amazing options. Zoom allows you to record audio and/or video calls. Zoom allows you to have one file per user on the call. The free version limits how many minutes a group call can be, but it gives sufficient time for most any purpose. The quality is exceptional, so much so that podcasters use it for remote interviews at times.
The following is a summary of the features available on the free plan at http://zoom.us.
- Host up to 100 participants
- Unlimited 1 on 1 meetings
- 40 minute limit on group meetings
- Unlimited number of meetings
- Record calls
- Split recordings into a single track per participant
Zoom is just an amazing, high-quality tool for web conferencing and video conferencing.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT TOOLS
Our recommendation in this area is ClickUp. It has so many amazing features, all for free! So many use Asana when if they would just switch to ClickUp they would be getting the same features at no cost. ClickUp lets you create workspaces, control who has access to workspaces, create recurring tasks, etc. It does everything Asana does and more. There are paid plans, but they mostly revolve around storage space. If you don’t plan to upload a bunch of things to ClickUp, the free plan is going to have everything you need and more.
A tool like ClickUp can even be set up to take advantage of and manage a time management system like Getting Things Done. It will help to keep you completely organized.
The best technology tools for remote workers are the tools you will use regularly. We have suggested Slack, Zoom and ClickUp for the three categories this article covers. You can get more done by using these awesome tools.