In an era where remote work is the new norm, thirteen industry professionals, from web developers to CEOs, share their invaluable insights on leveraging technology for team collaboration and productivity. From the cohesion brought by Discord to the streamlined workflows enabled by Mattermost, these are the thirteen pivotal tools and strategies that have transformed their remote work experiences.
- Discord: Enhancing Remote Team Cohesion
- Miro: Visual Collaboration for Marketers
- Whereby.com: Providing Daily Stand-Ups
- Teemyco: Virtual Rooms for Teamwork
- Trello: Simplifying Hybrid Task Management
- Teamdash: Diverse Tools for Remote Work
- Monday.com: Maximizing Project Management
- ChatGPT: Elevating Email Communication
- Cloud Services: Enabling Real-Time Collaboration
- CRM Integrations Streamline Client Updates
- Quip: Document Collaboration for Remote Teams
- Basecamp: Bridging Digital Teamwork Gaps
- Mattermost: Streamlining Remote Workflows
Discord: Enhancing Remote Team Cohesion
During the pandemic, the small development team I was a part of started using Discord for communication, video calls, etc. We expanded the setup to facilitate documentation, meeting notes, and other specific topics.
In general, in addition to a task/project management system, you really do need a communication tool like Slack, Discord, Teams, or Google Meet/Chat to facilitate and upkeep social cohesion and cooperation. Otherwise, over time, communication and cooperation will tend to degrade.
Kevin Larsen, Web Developer, Mediaveien AS
Miro: Visual Collaboration for Marketers
Technology has completely changed productivity and collaboration for my distant marketing team. Using virtual whiteboards such as Miro has improved our creative processes tremendously. Team members can concurrently share ideas, sketch concepts, and arrange thoughts in real time with this application, which simulates the collaborative environment of an in-person brainstorming session.
Overcoming the constraints of conventional text-based communication, Miro’s visual format encourages a lively exchange of ideas. It’s a digital canvas that cuts across geographic boundaries to allow everyone to participate and view the larger picture.
This has not only made our workflow more efficient, but it has also encouraged creative thinking among team members who now feel more involved and connected, which will eventually culminate in more creative and successful marketing tactics.
Alex Jasin, CMO, Refine Packaging
Whereby.com: Providing Daily Stand-Ups
Our remote team frequently has teleconference calls using Whereby.com and Google Meet. We have daily stand-ups in the morning to report what we did yesterday, what we are doing today, and the blockers we face using Whereby.com.
There is a weekly one-on-one meeting scheduled using Google Calendar between the manager and individual team members to understand their career aspirations, give feedback, and generally keep each other in the loop.
Mei Ping Mak, Director of SEO and Web, Weave Asia
Teemyco: Virtual Rooms for Teamwork
As a fully remote organization, we have adopted Teemyco to boost our collaboration and productivity.
This tool, crafted to emulate the dynamics of a physical office within a virtual space, has been key in fostering a sense of connection and spontaneity that’s often missing in remote settings. Its “virtual rooms” feature allows team members to engage in impromptu discussions, collaborate seamlessly, or simply share a virtual space, mirroring the experience of a physical office.
This has not only enhanced our communication but also maintained the vital sense of community and teamwork critical in a remote work environment.
Nikhil Chaudhary, Vice President of Marketing, BeatRoute
Trello: Simplifying Hybrid Task Management
Trello is a tool that has made my life easier as someone who manages a hybrid workforce. I can easily track tasks, project progress, and deadlines through this incredibly user-friendly tool.
It takes me only a few minutes on this platform to understand which of my team members is working on what task and to gain insights into how the task is progressing. This saves me a lot of time and effort.
Farhan Siraj, Chief Executive Officer, OSHA Outreach Courses
Teamdash: Diverse Tools for Remote Work
Teamdash was founded during the COVID-19 pandemic—it has been a remote-first company from the start. Using technology has been paramount to our business. We now have our HQ, which is available to use whenever anyone wishes to do so, but as we have an international workforce, we still heavily rely on technology.
The most important software in our tech stack are Notion, Slack, Jira, Pipedrive, and Intercom, to name a few. Keeping open communication and having access to all the resources has proven to maintain a high level of collaboration and increase productivity and efficiency. We have this software for a reason: they are used by all our team members daily.
We don’t monitor the time spent on each of these, but we see contributions from all team members, and we rarely have any questions or concerns about where to find some resources. That gives us the confidence that all Teamdashers know how to use the available tools and are comfortable doing so.
Marie Evart, Co-Founder and Community Manager, Teamdash
Monday.com: Maximizing Project Management
Technology has revolutionized our workplace for all departments, especially now that many rarely coincide in the office. Communications have moved to a new level as multiple projects are taken on, but time or space constraints mean the teams are unable to sit together.
A combination of tools and apps has become indispensable to ensure workflows are nonstop. For project management, Monday.com is a versatile platform that enables key members to interact and supervisors to stay on top of every detail. When a conversation is the order of the day, thematic Google Chat spaces are amazing not only for decision-making but also for the no less important team cohesion (a.k.a., Giphy fun).
Finally, when you have to get a pitch in or need a busy CEO to send feedback quickly, Loom works great to manage lines of communication. Becoming less and less dependent on email has made us all happier workers as our collaborations take shape and produce with greater efficiency.
Lilia Koss, Community Manager, Facialteam
ChatGPT: Elevating Email Communication
In today’s remote work landscape, technology has been a game-changer in fostering collaboration and boosting productivity. As a project manager handling multifaceted coordination among cross-functional teams, internal and external resources, and clients, clear communication is paramount. It facilitates mutual understanding and aligns all stakeholders on diverse project aspects, timelines, and unforeseen alterations. In this context, utilizing an AI-powered tool like ChatGPT has revolutionized our email communication process.
Its feedback mechanism offers invaluable insights on email drafts, ensuring clarity and appropriate tone. This not only hones our communication skills but also significantly amplifies efficiency, enabling me to manage a larger volume of emails promptly, particularly when addressing urgent matters.
Ultimately, this integration leads to smoother collaboration, timely task execution, and swift resolution of critical issues within our remote team.
Chaitanya Vilekar, Associate Consultant, NamanHR
Cloud Services: Enabling Real-Time Collaboration
Being part of a team in charge of content plans means that collaboration on the same document, at the same time, is highly important. Jotting down first drafts, outlining key points for upcoming articles, and having first hand input from fellow editors on article drafts would not be possible without using cloud services.
It doesn’t really matter which tool you choose as long as it does what you want it to do. We’ve used Google Drive and the Docs suite in the past. We’re now using Microsoft 365. The real-time collaboration on documents works pretty much the same and empowers our small team to publish quality content in record time.
Ionut-Alexandru Popa, Editor-in-Chief and CEO, BinaryFork
CRM Integrations: Streamlining Client Updates
Fully utilizing integrations within our CRM proved key for us. When we launched LongTermCareBrokers.com, a digital-first insurance brokerage, we knew that any given application could involve dozens of client touchpoints and emails with insurance carriers over several weeks.
Integrating Google Workspace and our VoIP system with our CRM allowed our remote-first team to have an up-to-date view of any application. Overall, this emphasis on integrations ensures that we stay updated on client interactions, fostering enhanced productivity and a unified approach to customer relationships.
Bertrand Waché, Operations Director, Long Term Care Brokers
Quip: Document Collaboration for Remote Teams
Technology has made remote work possible. The fact that we can communicate in real time, quickly jump on calls, discuss ideas, hold remote meetings, and brainstorming sessions is the reason why this work model works. It would be hard to pinpoint just one tool that has made a significant difference since it’s a combination of these that’s required to maintain a healthy and efficient work environment.
However, if I were to choose the one I personally find most helpful, it would be Quip, or any other shared document tool. I particularly like it for the fact that it encourages collaboration; it’s very easy to observe people’s contributions, and it creates a knowledge database which verbal tools lack.
Will Baker, Director, Skirtings R Us
Basecamp: Bridging Digital Teamwork Gaps
Technology has bridged gaps, making our workspace borderless and bountiful, even if we’re miles apart. We’re thriving on platforms like Basecamp, where we organize, assign, and track tasks efficiently.
Our secret weapon? Definitely Miro, the online brainstorming board. It gives us the feel and freedom of a traditional whiteboard, but virtually. We also have a “camera-on” policy during meetings, ensuring full engagement. It’s the age of digital camaraderie, and we’ve painted it with the vibrant colors of tech!
Abid Salahi, Co-Founder and CEO, FinlyWealth
Mattermost: Streamlining Remote Workflows
As someone deeply involved in managing a remote workforce, I’ve witnessed firsthand the transformative impact of technology on collaboration and productivity.
One tool that significantly enhanced our efficiency is collaborative workspace platforms like Mattermost. Its real-time communication, file sharing, and integrations streamlined our workflow, fostering seamless collaboration despite geographical distances.
Melissa McMurdock, CEO, Online Marketing Help