HR · 23 April 2020

ROUND UP: Five top tools to help your remote team

Today marks one month since the UK imposed strict lockdown measures to contain the spread of coronavirus. As a result, many offices are now working remotely. 

This shift has posed a new set of challenges for businesses as they adapt to a work environment devoid of real life interaction. In fact, over half, (52%) of the UK workforce say working from home is negatively affecting their ability to communicate with their peers, a study by Money.co.uk has revealed, with ineffective technology and outside distractions being the top factors for the majority of remote workers.

For business owners managing remote staff, content management tools have become a crucial function of this new world order. In this month alone, Zoom (a video conferencing tool) surpassed 300m daily meeting participants. In December of last year, the platform was averaging a modest 10m.

Below, we have listed the best services and offerings for remote businesses during COVID-19;

1. Slack

https://www.wsj.com/articles/slack-technologies-seeks-funding-for-business-messaging-app-1456885352Find out more at slack.com

Slack, the leading workplace instant messaging platform, is offering support to all charities and other companies carrying out critical relief efforts during this time with free access to a Slack paid subscription for three months.

To help people around the world adapt to remote work, Slack is here to help, and this initiative will give eligible workers access to features such as unlimited app integrations to bring the tools workers use every day right into Slack, including group calls with screen sharing to help connect individuals and boost productivity.

2. Prezi

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Prezi is now allowing educators free access to its services during the global pandemic. A global leader in visual communications tools, traditionally, the free Prezi tool is only available if presentations and video are publicly available to view. Due to the sensitive nature of the content teachers need to deliver to students, they can now enjoy full privacy for all the content they create.

For context, Prezi Video puts a presenter’s content on the screen alongside them, enabling teachers to maintain eye contact and see facial cues, while pointing to specific content for emphasis — all vital for maintaining student engagement, even remotely.

3. Hastee

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Find out more at hastee.com

Hastee are leading the emerging Earnings on Demand category in the UK and already support 100,000 workers in the NHS, care homes, manufacturing, food supply chain and hospitality sectors. During lockdown, Hastee have waived all transaction fees for the next three months for all customers, so that all workers, regardless of their job situation can access their wages as soon as possible.

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