There is no doubt that the world has changed since 2020. The
future of worklooks very different for many employees as companies analyze their practices and move to new ways of working.
With remote first and hybrid work on the rise, the ways we communicate and collaborate as coworkers are changing. While meeting virtually is becoming a staple of our day-to-day lives, lockdowns showed that we still need to meet with colleagues in-person to avoid burnout and collaborate on key tasks.
As teams are dispersed over wider distances, employees might be traveling more frequently to participate in these
important bonding and brainstorming sessions. HR teams and executives will face novel challenges as organizations adapt to the new normal. With coworkers working from home, management will need to adopt different strategies to maintain company culture and keep track of admin tasks like expenses from a distance.
But if the pandemic taught us anything, it's that technology exists to help us with these challenges! Below we break down the top 16 tools to help employees navigate the hybrid working world. So let's dive in!
Many teams became acquainted with Slack for the first time during the pandemic, but this powerful tool has the scope to partner with other systems to take businesses to the next level. For example, TravelPerk users can integrate our automated booking system with Slack to speed up any remaining approvals, so business travelers don't miss out on the best rates.
Over the past few years, Zoom has jumped to the fore as the best-known video conferencing tool. Perfect for when you need to gather your entire team together, Zoom can host the most participants in a single session. Plus, it's the ideal tool for hosting webinars, thanks to the screen recording feature.
But for organizations looking for enterprise-level security for their external and internal communications, Microsoft Teams offers two-factor authentications and encryption on all video calls. Plus, if your company is predominantly Windows-based, Teams integrates easily with Microsoft 365's plethora of tools.
Employees can use Trello’s templates to outline a project's tasks, assign responsibilities to other colleagues, and keep fellow teammates updated on their progress through one streamlined interface. Staff can combine Trello with other common office tools like Slack, Dropbox, Evernote, and Google Drive to supercharge their department's collaborative efforts.
With Asana, teams can create Gantt-style timelines to break down their workflow and set meaningful deadlines straight to their google calendars. Employees can vote on tasks or comments and leave feedback on images or PDFs that can instantly be shared with all stakeholders. Motivating remote workforces can be challenging, but managers can schedule key moments to celebrate progress with Asana's milestone feature. Asana’s project management tool is available on desktop for both windows and mac users and is also available as a mobile app for both ios and android systems.
But the great features don't stop there. Managers can send automated check-in messages through the handy chat feature. At the same time, the campfire section gives a dedicated space for company-wide updates and for remote employees to socialize over instant messaging. Plus, employees can maintain their work-life balance thanks to the simple notification system that can be scheduled to switch off outside office hours. A function that is especially useful for distributed teams straddling different time zones.
Google Drive sits within the larger Gsuite set of tools, making it more straightforward to create, save and share documents, spreadsheets, and surveys in one integrated platform. The system is compatible with more file types than its rival Dropbox and boasts extra features like automatic syncing. This helpful add-on enables employees to establish folders that will be instantly added to the cloud and shared with preapproved contacts for greater visibility.
With Bamboo HR, it's easy to track performance, create timesheets, gauge employee satisfaction, manage vacation requests and handle payroll and benefits for your teams. Thanks to the array of sophisticated tools, HR managers can skip tedious tasks and use the data Bamboo HR provides to develop a stronger company culture.
This all-in-one solution offers real-time synchronization and automated alerts from onboarding to time tracking and overtime management, so no one is ever out of the loop on the latest information.
With a focus on employee experience, Sesame HR provides an ultimate dashboard where team members can access their documents, sign electronically and manage requests autonomously. Tools like Sesame HR can not only assist in speeding up administration, but they can also help office managers track occupancy with handy desk booking solutions.
Community managers can host live streams and video calls with members and instantly generate content for social media thanks to the replay feature. Plus, for those times you want to switch from meeting behind screens, Nectios can help establish in-person events too.
Remote allows HR professionals to combine payroll approvals, staff documentation, and benefits into one central system. Plus, thanks to Remote's team of labor law aficionados, HR teams can feel assured they comply with local regulations when paying international employees. Working across multiple countries? With Remote, the complexities of working across borders are streamlined into one straightforward invoice.
We are proud of having the world's largest business travel inventory that gives travelers the best deals available. Our award-winning technology makes booking and managing corporate travel much easier, and our in-depth reporting takes the stress out of post-trip paperwork.
With a 7-star customer care team that has an average response time of 15 seconds, our users can enjoy peace of mind in the knowledge that no matter what happens, where, and when, TravelPerk is ready to help.
PriorityPass facilities are open to all travelers regardless of whether they have a business class or economy class ticket and all lounges undergo thorough hygiene protocols to help prevent the spread of covid-19.
Reduce your admin by hours each month with Ramp's automated reporting. Powerful AI can match receipts and automatically categorize your expenses in common accounting software like Xero, Sage, and Quickbooks. Thanks to its streamlined dashboard, Ramp helps keep teams safe on the road allowing managers to get real-time updates on their corporate travelers in seconds.
Known for its inspiring workspace solutions, WeWork offers companies a monthly subscription that allows their teams to utilize hundreds of coworking hubs worldwide. Kitted out with high-speed wifi and bookable meeting rooms, WeWork provides a professional base for remote workers who want to step out of their home office and find a sense of community.
On top of simplified payment and invoicing systems, travel managers can easily input travel policy details and monitor spending. Perfect for eco-conscious business travelers, all emissions are offset, and Free Now is pledging to be net-zero by 2030.