With so many workplaces being closed for the foreseeable future until we can manage the Coronavirus pandemic, many business owners are concerned about how to continue providing services to their customers, employees may be wondering how they can carry on with daily work responsibilities and continue to earn a living, and those who manage teams may be wondering how they can effectively manage the transition to virtual space. Below, I will list some recommended tools to effectively transition to a virtual workspace.
In my 4+ years managing a remotely led team, I learned a lot, and I will say this: if you have hired the right people, the transition is hardly impossible; and if you have not hired well, you will likely find out now. Tense times show us who we, and others, really are. Either way, you want to provide strong leadership and direction to your team at this time. Following is the easiest and fastest way, as I see it, to get your teams connected in an organized way.
First, go sign up for DropBox. They have overhauled their entire product to provide a digital workspace. Download a free trial of Dropbox for Business and you’ll have 30 days to try it out without paying a dime.
Next, I would have my team download and connect with Zoom. You can do this for free for now and up your plan later if needed.
Once you’ve got your teams on board with both Zoom and Dropbox, you might want to take a deep breath. Having everyone securely connected on the same platform will solve some of the issues you may be dealing with but I am well aware of the plethora of tech, security, and possible policy challenges that remote connections can bring up. Things will come up, for sure. You will work through them.
I will be posting more tools and ideas as they come up, so check back or feel free to contact me with any questions or comments. You can leave comments and questions below or send me a direct message.