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The concept of working from home dates back to the industrial revolution when workers would produce goods at home. The difference between then and now is that remote workers are connected to their company via tools and videoconferencing. Consequently, they can still be productive without being tied to a particular location. Every day, more and more people are opting to work remotely. Employers must provide solutions to remote workers in order to foster a culture of remote work. The use of tools to enhance remote work can improve productivity and customer satisfaction, resulting in a happier team. Some of these tools include having access to a collaborative task-tracking service that allows teams across any location an easy way to communicate about their tasks as well as document progress therein. Other features include real-time chat rooms where teams discuss project ideas without being separated by time zones or geography. These tools can also improve communication within a remote work culture. The ability to set up online meetings via a service such as Skype or using conference-call apps is another essential tool for remote workers. In this way, they can conduct meetings or communicate over the phone with coworkers without having to get up and leave their desks. Furthermore, everyone can stay on the same page without ever leaving their homes or offices.

In this article, we’ve compiled a list of the essential tools for a productive workday, including time management tools and tools to schedule online meetings. To get started, you only need a smartphone, laptop, and an internet connection. The following are some of the tools we use at ParallelScore:

Toptracker

This is a time tracking software that has a simple and intuitive interface. This tool is free because it tracks time through an internet browser. The service also allows you to create detailed reports and export them into an Excel sheet, which lets you analyze the data further. Among the most popular features of this application is the ability to log time both in real-time and manually. 

Microsoft Azure DevOps

Azure DevOps is a cloud-based hosting service that offers team and version control services, as well as collaboration apps. There is a monthly fee for this service, but it allows remote workers to share code and collaborate with each other. As part of this service, you will also have access to a version control system that can be used to manage code changes and build applications. Azure DevOps has also added a chat feature, which allows you to communicate with other remote workers and developers. This tool lets us create visual boards where we track tasks and code progress. Since the process is automated, there is no need for excuses. We are able to track progress in real-time and fix problems faster. This is a high-level overview of our process. This enhances transparency between team members and enables all team members to work from anywhere with internet access since they can see the status of the project at any given time.

Google Calendar

This is a free tool that allows users to schedule meetings online. Although this tool seems like it’s just for scheduling meetings, you can actually use it for pretty much anything, such as hosting a meeting. You can also set up recurring events and invite attendees in real-time. Attendees can accept or reject your invitation, which indicates whether they will attend. Google Calendar is also available on both iPhone and Android app stores.

GitHub 

We use this tool for our code repository and to keep track of our projects. The team can easily create branches, view the different commits on each branch and collaborate together by merging the different branches together. With GitHub, we can also sync each branch with a local version of the repository so that we can work without an internet connection in case we are travelling, etc. This tool does come at a cost if you’re looking for a longer-term solution but it does have a free version available that allows users to store private repositories and use basic features such as file tracking and creating pull requests.

Google Drive

While this tool is not exclusive to remote workers, it is useful for long-term projects that require collaboration between remote workers. You can upload, export, and share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. You can also download an app for Google Drive from the app stores for both iPhones and Androids. Google Drive includes a document editor that is similar to Microsoft Word but it also has tools that allow you to organize your documents into folders. You can categorize and find important content such as presentations, spreadsheets, or even photos easily. Several similar services are available on the market, such as Dropbox and OneDrive, but each of them comes at a cost if you’re looking for a long-term solution.

Zoom video conferencing

Zoom is a videoconferencing service that provides a free calling and video conferencing package. With this tool, you can make one-on-one or group calls with remote workers, clients, and anyone else with access to the service. The video conferencing is clear and easy to navigate, allowing you to chat with others or review documents on your own screen during the call. Additionally, Zoom has a mobile app available for both Android and iPhone devices.

Webmail

Webmail is a free email service that can be accessed from any device. This allows you to check your email at any time, anywhere and even find one-click solutions to add events to your Google Calendar or send documents as attachments. For more advanced users, webmail offers a variety of plugins that allow you to forward and filter emails and store them in folders. It is also possible to access the tool via an app for iPhones and Android devices in both the App Store and Google Play.

Rocket.Chat 

This is our preferred method of communicating with each other. Using this, we can communicate across time zones and collaborate on projects. can be used to keep all the team members in sync and reachable at all times. It enables us to communicate efficiently with everyone on the team at any time of day or night. This tool has become an essential part of our daily workflow. Rocket.chat can be integrated directly with Microsoft Azure DevOps, a feature that is helpful given that most software development is an iterative process where different departments create their own feature backlogs because they might not know what needs to be done until a user asks for it.

Google Docs

Here, each member of our team can share documents with one another, track the progress of conversations through a shared chat window on top of the document, and comment directly in a text box in the shared document, like on Microsoft Word.

Figma

Figma helps remote teams easily run their workflows and share their designs. No more huge lists of emails, no more document links flying around. They allow you to view a project from any connected device in a single web-based interface and assign tasks to individual contributors, who can then take them on board or pass them off to the next person. This makes it easy for teams to see who is doing what where, and coordinate across departments, time zones, devices — you name it! You can also get updates via notifications so that your team is up-to-date on what’s happening throughout the day without having to pull out your laptop every time anything important happens.

Conclusion

Work from home is becoming increasingly popular, especially among tech workers. By using our laptop, we can be productive and connected with our team and company. It provides us with access to technology that may be unavailable in certain areas, enabling us to collaborate while getting the job done. All of the tools listed above are useful in staying productive, but if you are new to working from home, any of them will get you started.

Amaka Odozi

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