When managing a dispersed team, it’s important to bridge the location gap. It keeps your remote employees from feeling unimportant in his or her role. The symptoms of a disengaged employee, such as lack of enthusiasm, lack of initiative, and even distraction (Office Vibe) can be reduced when you communicate often and make work as convenient as possible using the newest tools.
At Bolton Remote, we’ve helped companies from all around the world find talent that thrive in the remote setup. In our years of experience, we’ve found that the most engaged remote employees are those who are given the tools to succeed.
Here are a few tools we’ve found that could help:
Assembla – loop more people in
You can keep all related information on a project in this management tool, including clients. Your remote staff can receive the right info directly every step of the way, reducing the time it would take for feedback to reach them. It offers a unified workspace where everyone can get access to files, code, and other documents they need as well as leave messages and comments.
Boomerang – receive mail at the right time
Working with teams across multiple time zones mean you’re sending and receiving messages at all hours, day or night. It leads to a cluttered inbox, where you or your team might not see the most important messages first thing. Boomerang allows everyone team to set the best time to send and receive emails, so you know what email to expect and when.
Glip - all communications in one place
Over-communicating is a good thing when it comes to remote teams, but over-communication also mean opening multiple lines of communication. When your remote staff has to juggle between chat windows, inboxes, and other messaging apps, it’s easy to miss a message. Glip provides an interface that acts as your employee’s online desktop that shows messages, inboxes, and others in one window.
JIRA - product collaboration and documentation
When working on a project, everyone needs to know what other team members are working on. This kind of hands-on collaboration and transparency is not impossible with remote teams who use JIRA. It has a visible tracking system, and everyone can document all info about a project from inception to release and even updates.
Uber Conference – conduct seamless virtual meetings
Make sure your staff has all the info they need for the meeting, wherever they are in the world. From calling all attendees automatically when a meeting is about to start to sharing files, screens, and even social media profiles of key persons, this app does it all.
Pivotal Tracker – analyze data and take action
Your team can communicate as well as check emails in-app. The interface also boasts a story and infographic format. Your team can analyze real-time data in a snap and quickly take action. It’s a simple tool great for newly assembled remote teams who need to hit the ground running.
World Time Buddy - for time management and checking
A dispersed team across multiple time zones make synchronous communications a bit tricky. Fortunately, you can use World Time Buddy to compare multiple time zones against each other, making it easy to check current as well as future times.
Remote employees are 50% less likely to quit their jobs when they have all the tools at their disposal, according to an ERE Media research. You can improve your team’s retention rate by suggesting and even providing tools that will make thriving at work as easy as possible.
Which tools do you and your remote team swear by?
The right tools get the best results when you have the best people using them. The first step starts with us. Visit our website at www.BoltonRemote.com and you can start building your offshore remote team within 3 days.
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