Working from home technology tips

By Jen Hanbury
01-May-2020 13:20:57

architecture-business-clean-computer-3898182Working from home brings its own sets of challenges but having the right tools on hand can help you to stay productive. The staff at Intelliflo have been benefiting from the following hints and tools:

  1. Optimising Wi-Fi

With the whole household home, you may want to optimise your Wi-Fi network for working at home.  Follow these few hints to deal with a suddenly stretched broadband.

  1. Zoom

Zoom is a remote work tool for teleconferencing that’s powerful but quick to get started with. We’re fans of Zoom because, besides standard features for video meetings and presentations, it offers real-time chat, video recording, screen sharing, calendar integrations, and even virtual background and “touch-ups”.

  1. Virtual backgrounds

Worried about how your working environment looks like? Turn on Zoom's virtual background to make your work space more discreet.

  1. Slack

Slack calls itself a “collaboration hub”, but it’s basically a chat platform for teams and individuals. It’s one of the most popular team communication tools nowadays, and it also has video calling, file sharing, and integrations with other tools like Google Calendar and Jira. But, at its core, it’s a simple way to talk in groups or one-on-one in real time. Here at Intelliflo, Slack lets us ask questions and get answers quickly, work together effectively, and even have some fun.

  1. Reduce the background noise

Have trouble with background noises during work calls? You could consider an app such as Krisp to mute background noises in any communication app including iOS and Zoom with. It is free for 240 minutes per week.

  1. Trello

Staying on top of your own to-dos is challenging enough! Managing your team’s tasks and coordinating responsibilities remotely can be even more complicated. But it is totally doable. Remote work tools for productivity will keep you and your team on track no matter where you’re working from. Trello is a good option if you’re looking for a lighter task management tool to manage your own work or projects in smaller teams.

  1. Watch your grammar

Grammarly is an online “writing assistant” that will take your writing to the next level. Of course, it verifies that your spelling and grammar are on point, but it also does a style check by analysing the tone and clarity of your writing. Grammarly is helpful for all kinds of writing - emails, website copy, support replies, and even social media posts. You can also get the mobile or desktop app to make it even easier to write well on any device.

  1. Audible

Looking after children during working hours can be an added challenge. Audible by Amazon is providing kids stories for free at the moment. This may be a welcome distraction and allow you some quiet time at your desk.