Dan Radak, Negosentro | Working from home may seem like a dream come true; however, nothing in this life is sunshine and rainbows 100 percent of the time. Organizing yourself while working outside of an office is incredibly difficult and managing a remote team can be quite complex since even tasks as simple as file-sharing can become a serious issue. Luckily, these problems can be solved by introducing new tools into the game, as is always the case with telecommuters. With this in mind and without further ado, here are five tech tools that can make your telecommuting more efficient.
The first thing that every telecommuter has a trouble with is the issue of organization. Working from home may seem like a dream come true, but how can one focus on work when their YouTube bookmark, their Netflix app and their social media accounts are just a click away (usually right next to their work tools). In order to remedy this situation, you might want to start using the so-called Pomodoro Technique. This is a method that includes 20 minute long working sessions that are intertwined with 10 minute long breaks. In this way, you can exercise your home office discipline more efficiently. Needless to say, there are numerous Pomodoro timer apps out there that you can look into.
Not all telecommuters prefer to work from home. In fact, many of them are more inclined to the idea of working from a coffee shop or a public space. Nonetheless, how does one find a place with free or accessible Wi-Fi? Well, that’s easy, all you have to do is download a Wi-Fi map and pick a spot. Moreover, for a lot of pubs and public spaces, the passwords are updated by other users, which means that introverts don’t even have to undergo the hardship of asking for it.
Employee management and monitoring
As a project manager, you will have a hard time determining which of your employees are working hard and which of them are hardly working. The reason why this is so important is due to recent studies which indicate that the square root of all your employees is doing half of all the work within your company. In other words, if you have nine people in your employ, three are doing all the work. If you have a 100 employees, 10 are as productive as the other 90 put together. Luckily, with the right employee monitoring software, this can be determined quite easily. In fact, this is a tech trend that can be as useful in the actual office as well.
While there are many superior collaboration tools out there, when it comes to popularity and simplicity, nothing can trump Dropbox. Of course, unlike some other collaboration tools, Dropbox is there exclusively for exchanging files, which means that there are no comments, to-do lists or tasks (at least not in the traditional sense). Still, coupled with an adequate IM software or conference-call tool, it can be equally as efficient, while remaining as simple as ever.
Finally, this is one of the things that are vital for both IT guys and those in need of their assistance. With the aid of this amazing tool, if there’s anything wrong with your terminal (software-wise), it is easy for someone to fix it remotely. Needless to say, this is also quite handy when it comes to setting up complex software for new members of your team, as well as tutoring them on the proper use. Either way, TeamViewer is an effort-saver.
At the end of the day, making your telecommuting more efficient is a matter of choice. You can do the same amount of work in two hours or you can do it in 12 hours and if you’re ok with the latter, then, by all means, don’t let anyone stop you. However, becoming more productive is something that can turn your whole life around, regardless if you’re working from home or from an office. With the right digital arsenal, you can achieve this much more easily.
Dan Radak is a marketing professional with eleven years of experience. He is currently working with a number of companies in the field of digital marketing, closely collaborating with a couple of e-commerce companies. He is also a coauthor on several technology websites and regular contributor to Technivorz.