Here is a quick list of tools you need to consider as you send your employees – some, or maybe all – back to the office. And while there is little to replace the water cooler conversations that come with being in a physical office space, there is a good chance some of your team will opt for a hybrid (some in-person, some remote) work arrangement.
As a leader, it’s your job to accommodate as best you can and also shift your mindset from productivity-centric to outcome-focused. Worry less about how the work is getting done and, instead, that it is getting done on time and with quality.
And there are tools you’ll need to achieve this. Here are a few that are going to be critical to not only getting the best of your people, but also making them feel good and supported in what they are doing.
- Document Management – Keeping organized is key. A solid document storage solution along with a solid set of rules for naming files is critical. Take a look at DropBox and Box.net to start.
- Calendar – Nothing worse than sending 20 emails back and forth with someone trying to determine the best day and time to set up a meeting. Instead, try Calendly or ScheduleOnce.
- Communication – No, email is not dead, but there are other players that require your attention. Many businesses are opting for Slack or Microsoft Teams to keep people connected.
- Peer Recognition – Make sure those that are working from home don’t feel like they are on an island. And, more importantly, that they are valued by you and the team. There are apps to help like Bonusly, Office Vibe, and Nectar.
- Video Meetings – We’ve all heard of Zoom by now, but don’t choose them because they are ubiquitous. There are other great options on the market depending on your needs like WebEx, Google Meet, and BlueJeans by Verizon.
- Hoteling – These products allow you to downsize your office space effectively. People that choose to come in can select and reserve the workspace of their choice. Check out Envoy, Get Officely, and Desk Flex.