Free technology for helping you to collaborate whilst you're remote working.
Like many companies, we're getting used to the new norm of having our entire workforce working in a distributed environment.
Since some staff at Jigsaw Finance have worked remotely for many years, we already use a number of systems to help our staff collaborate whilst working in this way. As we appreciate how difficult it can seem at first to operate in a distributed environment, we thought it might be helpful to share some of the free technologies we are using with you.
Slack is an Instant Messaging Service that can be used online, installed on your computer, or as a mobile app.
As a business with various members of staff sitting in different departments, we have found Slack to be really useful as you can set up different Channels to message in. We have channels set up for each department and also have themed channels for communicating useful links, etc.
We've found this to be a great tool for both internal collaboration and employee engagement, with staff continuing their light-hearted banter even though they're miles apart.
Slack has free and paid plans and we’ve found the free plan to be more than enough for our needs.
Find Slack at https://slack.com
They’ve even produced a great guide for remote working at https://slack.com/intl/en-gb/resources/using-slack/slack-remote-work-tips?geocode=en-gb
Zoom is a Remote Video Conferencing Service that can be installed on your computer or as a mobile app.
We've found Zoom to be an excellent tool for scheduling our usual face-to-face meetings. Zoom is easy to install and it's relatively straightforward to understand its basic features.
Zoom has both free and paid plans. Here’s a selection of features that we’ve found to be really useful on their free plan:
The Screen Sharing feature is a great collaboration tool allowing staff to 'point and show' rather than describe their screen in detail.
Find Zoom at https://zoom.us
Trello is a web-based Project Management Tool that can be used for collaborating on projects.
At Jigsaw Finance, this system is mainly in use by our technical and marketing staff, but it can be useful in other business areas that find the need to collaborate on both small and complex projects.
Again, this product has both free and paid plans and we’re currently using the free plan without issue.
Find Trello at https://trello.com
We hope that you've found the above useful!
Wishing you the best in these difficult times
Jigsaw Finance Limited