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Tools for Working from Home as a Team

Last Updated Apr 2020
Tools for Working from Home as a Team

To effectively shift to a work from home team, you need some basic online tools. There are multiple options to choose from, and we’ve included some ideas for you to get started with. The categories are what matters.

Tip: Choose a limited set of tools to work with. Having too many tools at first may confuse your team rather than help. Having 1 per category is essential, but no more at the start.

Chat/ Presence Platform

Chat/ Presence Platform

Being immediately reachable, like you’d be able to go to someone’s desk is crucial. We recommend adopting a chat platform for it.

Sometimes teams use Whatsapp (or similar) groups, but that’s not really the best choice here as the platforms above have multiple features to make collaboration better and act as a hub for integrating other multiple tools

Document/ File Collaboration

Document/ File Collaboration

Most work is done on documents, and it’s essential that you are using real-time collaborative documents to work with each other. These save time!

Visual Collaboration

Visual Collaboration

Planning, discussing ideas, concepts and designing solutions should be done visually. Use a real-time tool like Creately and you will feel like you and your team are in the same room as you work together.

It is essential that it also supports good async, collaboration via comments and discussion threads.

  • Creately - Chart, Diagram and Visual Canvas software

Video Conferencing

Video Conferencing

Video conferencing is an essential part of working together.

Task & Project Management Software

Task & Project Management Software

To keep everyone in-sync and working towards common goals, use an online task and a project management tool.

There are many more tools, but above are the essentials for your team to stay productive when working from home.