Having a remote workforce in a common business strategy in 2018 – especially in the startup world. Multiple studies have shown that remote workers are happier and more productive than their in-house counterparts, but with your team members dispersed in multiple locations, how can you manage your staff effectively? Here’s a list of our favorite applications for managing remote workers that will let you reap the benefits of a remote workforce.
Team content collaboration is one of the most important tasks in a business. Dropbox makes it easy to collaborate, edit and share content with your employees.
Dropbox offers a free account for up to 2GB. If you’re only sharing office documents, the free account may be sufficient for you.
Alternative: Google Drive
It’s never easy to remember which password you use for which online account. Having a password manager for your team’s accounts will help you organize all of your online accounts in one place.
KeePass is very easy to use, fully customizable and most importantly – it’s free!
Bonus: for team members that share their company accounts with each other, consider using storing the KeePass database on the cloud (i.e. Dropbox). Whenever one of your team members adds or edits an account credential, all of the team members will be updated.
A sales cycle is easily broken if your staffs are not reaching out to your prospects at the right moment.
Zoho CRM can help you organize your company’s most important contact information in one place. You can access Zoho from any computers (Windows, Mac) and mobile devices (iOS, Android).
Customer follow-ups are created automatically based on lead scores. Zoho keeps track of all the emails being sent by your remote workers and archive them to the right customer account.
When it becomes hard to explain a technical issue over the phone, most technicians would opt for a remote session. It’s much easier to see exactly what the issue is on your screen.
TeamViewer gives you the ability to connect to your remote worker and help them resolve their problems without physically begin there.
Alternative: Zoom.us allows you to create a free meeting to quickly see what your employee is seeing on his/her computer.
When a staff is working in the comfort of their own home, it’s very easy to be distracted. BrowseReporter will track an employee’s Internet usage to see which websites they’ve been browsing on. It also tracks desktop application usage to determine the time spent by employees on relevant work related applications.
You can set it and forget it. Schedule web browsing reports to be emailed directly into your inbox.
BrowseReporter is free to use for 14 days on 10 computers.
Bonus: Use CurrentWare’s other solution, BrowseControl Web Filter, to block out distracting websites.
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