When you’ve got employees doing work on the internet remotely it can be difficult to keep on top of projects. You don’t have the luxury of being able to walk around the office to monitor your employees or to call impromptu meetings to check everything is on track.
However, you can bridge the gap with project management software. With more and more people opting to gain the lifestyle benefits of working remote from home, there are plenty of tools you can use to ensure employees doing work on the internet are able to collaborate and working productively:
Skype – The established player in VoIP internet calls. You can make FREE 1-1 voice and video calls as well as use the instant messenger for quick questions and text group chats. If you want to hold group conference calls, amongst remote workers, then you can upgrade to a premium edition (which also offers group screen sharing) for $8.99/month.
Google+ – The social networking site has a range of features that can make it an effective project management for doing remote work on the internet. You could also use it for customer service enquiries. It’s ‘Hangouts’ video calling service can be used for group calls of up to 10 people for free, and it’s easy to separate internet employees into separate Circles so there’s no confusion.
Google Docs – Sending Word documents back and forth can get confusing as to which is the latest version, and only one internet employee can work on it at one time. However, with Google Docs you can all work on the same document simultaneously and ensure you’re all working on the same version. Managers of remote workers can also see the progress being made at any time.
Dropbox – This popular cloud based data storage service is great for backing up files and for collaboration between employees doing remote work on the internet. Everyone can access and update files stored in a shared fold, which auto updates to the latest version of every file. This makes it simple for remote workers in multiple locations to share and work on the same files, and for managers to track their progress without having to keep emailing internet employees for progress reports.
5pm Project Management Software – All of the tools above are great for communication and document sharing, but what about keeping track of the projects themselves? To fill the void is 5pm Project Management. This remote working software package enables you to track all the activity related to any number of projects and manage them all in the same place. Remote internet employees can add progress notes, set priorities and track their time, which comes in handy when billing clients.
You can try it out for yourself with a FREE 15 day trial and see how it can improve project management of your employees doing remote work on the internet.
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