The Best Work Solutions for Remote Millennials

Updated 05-03-2017  As technology continues to bridge physical and virtual gaps, millennials expect more flexibility and remote opportunities from their employers. Companies can also take advantage of this technology, as allowing employees to work remotely has been shown to increase productivity, reduce stress and be more cost effective than working from an office, says.

Working remotely requires a specialized set of tools for everything from project management to remote team communication that go above and beyond typical workplace tools. Here are a few of the best work solutions for remote millennials and how you can use them to boost productivity and communication at your workplace.

File sharing

So much efficiency is lost with emails back and forth asking, “Do you have this document?” or “Can you send me this spreadsheet?” Today, file sharing is now easy to use and so widespread. If your company email is built off Google, you’re probably already paying for Google Drive storage. Other popular options include Box, Dropbox and OneDrive.

Real-time document collaboration

If you have two employees who both need to work on the same spreadsheet or text document, it’s too difficult to have them make separate changes and then merge them. Since they’re in separate locations and can’t sit down together, real-time collaboration within documents is key. Google Docs is a master at this, as is Quip, who touts the benefits of “living documents.”

Virtual office desktop

Having one platform that can handle business phone calls, inter-company instant messaging, video calling, and web conferencing simplifies the number of applications your employees have to keep open. Making communication easier makes it less stressful and more likely to happen. 8×8’s virtual office software offers a full unified communications application that helps deliver on those benefits.

Task & project management

Managing remote millennials effectively means making sure everyone is on the same page — in other words, they know what they’re working on and what everyone else is working on. That’s where tools like Asana and Trello come in. Everyone in your organization can create new lists/projects and new tasks/cards (different platforms have different terms) and everyone can be updated at the same time since everything lives on the cloud.

Other quick tools

There also a few other tools that every remote workplace should have in its back pocket. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • IDoneThis for tracking what was done by everyone during the day
  • EveryTimeZone for showing how your time zone overlaps with those of your coworkers
  • LastPass Enterprise for sharing company passwords and logins with the whole company
  • Harvest for time tracking

Having remote employees in your company can be a great thing — it can mean a round-the-clock support team, a more experienced developer or a rockstar marketer you wouldn’t be able to get otherwise. But in order to ensure that your company keeps running effectively, you have to fully integrate them into your team. The great thing is that there are a multitude of software tools to help you do that.

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