Not so long ago, a good manager communicated with her team members the old fashioned way—by talking to them face-to-face. In offices and in conference rooms, she would ask them about their current projects, find out if they needed assistance with any tasks, and update them about changes affecting their work. But in 2020, many leaders are meeting a new challenge—managing their teams remotely.
In order to maintain productivity, you must strengthen team collaboration. That includes adopting new tools that will keep your team members connected to their work and to each other. Consider the following productivity apps:
Customer Relationship Management Software
As the name suggests, customer relationship management software collects and shares data about relationships, both within your organization and with external customers and partners. It provides a place to access work processes and tasks. For example, HubSpot CRM, designed for small- and medium-sized businesses, gives you access to real-time data while you are on the phone with a customer. It is reliable and easy to use, so it can save you money on training, according to PC Magazine.
Time Tracker App
Encourage your team to use a time tracker app, such as Toggl. Visual time reports show each person how he spent time his time, so that he can adjust to become more efficient. Each person monitors his own performance, which can reduce the time you spend managing people. Plus, the reports help you to decide on whether to adjust workloads, schedules, or timelines.
For communication, your team likely uses several tools, such as email, instant messages, and social media. All of them can be replaced with Slack—the Searchable Log of All Conversation and Knowledge. Each specialized team gets a "channel"—a place for members to work together. Within each channel are "threads," which are topics that can also be tied to files. Users can choose which threads to follow, so that everyone is spending less time reading email messages and more time actually getting work done.
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