Twitter and Shopify have already done it, and many more businesses are also playing with the idea of going 100 percent virtual.
It’s a great deal if you execute it properly.
No offices. No maintenance costs. No rents.
Saving on all these costs would be a great boost to the health of your business’ bottom line.
The best thing is, these benefits are not limited to your business.
Even your employees have probably saved quite a bit of money in commuting expenses. This report puts this number at almost £500.
With employees and businesses all benefiting from the new remote working culture, it is becoming increasingly clear that the trend will find a significant place in the future of the business landscape.
Sooner or later, all businesses will have to be prepared to work with at least a few distributed resources.
Early adopters will definitely enjoy more benefits and if you are ready to jump on the remote working bandwagon, you must first ensure that your business is producing efficient results with remote teams.
While this requires some serious management skills and a display of high work ethics from your employees, it also requires your business to be equipped with the tools needed to operate seamlessly and efficiently in a virtual environment.
In this article, we will discuss the three most important tools your business will need to ensure effective collaboration between distributed teams and employees.
Time Tracking Software
Employee time tracking software is great for ensuring productivity from your employees. Even if your employees have upheld high standards of work ethic and trust with you in the past, a time tracking software can be a surprisingly useful tool.
For instance, a time tracking tool will enable you to find out the exact amount of time it takes to complete a certain task. With this knowledge, you can make the process of delegation and assignment more efficient and set realistic targets for your teams.
Not to forget, a time tracking software will also help you measure the average efficiency produced by your employees, providing you with information that will enable you to make better decisions during the time of performance reviews, promotions, and appraisals.
Video Conferencing Software
A video conferencing software is an indispensable part of working online. From team meetings to training sessions, from client meetings to client briefs, almost all physical business interactions can be replaced with just one virtual tool.
The great thing is, most of the best video conference software on the web are free to use, at least in the beginning. Even when you explore the premium business plans of these software, you will be pleasantly surprised at their affordability.
Modern video conferencing tools also come loaded with awesome collaboration features that further help you blur the lines between virtual meetings and physical meetings.
Online Collaboration Documents
Online collaboration documents like Google Docs were already very popular among small businesses and freelancers before there was a pandemic.
Their incredible ability to allow multiple users to review, edit, and collaborate over a single document or sheet is perfect for the remote working future that is already partly here.
These tools will fulfill the basic communication and collaboration requirements of your business. However, you may require certain industry-specific tools (both, virtual and physical), in order to enable yourself and your employees to carry out their day-to-day responsibilities in a virtual environment.
Do you use any virtual collaboration or employee management tools that aren’t mentioned in this article? Share them with us (and everyone else) in the comment section below.