What are your company's most popular tools?

Question: What are your company's most popular tools? Read answers from remote workers to learn.

Company Interview with Maxime, Co-founder and CTO of Digicoop

Kantree of course! That's where all the work happens, no matter what type of work we are doing. This was the main motivation behind the product: allowing us to operate the whole business (from an organizational perspective) with a single tool.

But I should also mention our chat system (we use Mattermost) as that's where the social life of the company happens. But we are working to bring better conversations directly into Kantree :)

From making employees shareholders to letting workers take control of their roles, Maxime describes Digicoop's path to remote success.

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Company Interview with Tricia, CEO of BELAY

Our team utilizes video conferencing communication tools and platforms such as Zoom, Google Hangout, or Skype. From a project management standpoint, we utilize tools such as Asana and Trello to keep team members on track with their “to-do’s” while meeting deadlines.

Messaging applications are also extremely important in a remote setting. Slack, G-chat, and Microsoft Teams allow us to quickly connect and share documents for review and approvals.

For 10 years, BELAY has been a 100% remote work company. CEO, Tricia, shares the tools that keep them thriving and how boundaries & expectations contribute to their success.

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Company Interview with Brad, co-founder and CEO of WebDevStudios

Remote tools have evolved so much in the past decade. Slack is our primary day-to-day communication tool. We also use Zoom for all of our meetings and prefer to have video so we can see the team.

For project management, we primarily use Jira and Confluence for all major projects.

A challenging time finding talented local employees gave Brad the idea to make WebDevStudios 100% remote—hear about his strategies for creating a healthy remote work culture.

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Company Interview with Tammy, CEO of Workplaceless, and a remote work leader

Slack, Google Drive, Gmail, Clickup, MURAL, Loom, Zoom

With Workplaceless, Tammy helps companies start off on the "right remote foot." Hear how her 100% remote team stays in sync, and how she keeps her employees engaged

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Company Interview with Jan, founder and CEO of Rainmaker Solutions

We were early adopters of the collaboration platform Slack and are now one of only two official UK partners. Our teams also extensively use G-Suite, Trello, and Zoom.

Remote work is built into Rainmaker Solutions' DNA. See the beliefs that push this company forward & check out their virtual activities that are building organizational trust.

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Company Interview with Jan Fex, CEO of DotDee Digital

We are using Teamwork Projects for team objectives and business processes and Skype for communication. For development, we use whatever is right for the project i.e. Eclipse, Xcode, Visual Studio Code.

A three-hour work commute motivated Jan to establish a full-on remote work arrangement for his company. What have been the benefits & challenges? See his takeaways!

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Company Interview with Sharon Koifman, CEO of DistantJob

We use the standard, Zoom, Slack, and our project management software is Basecamp. I personally use the Jabra Evolve 75 headset but have switched to the open-ear Aftershokz Aeropex during this pandemic so I can listen to what my children are up to.

With DistantJob, Sharon has created a mistake-friendly environment where managers lead by example. See his tips for building trust and security among his remote teams.

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Company Interview with Ivan, CEO of Base B

Working remotely requires communication tools, repositories, and collaboration tools. Depending on what we are doing specifically, the toolset may differ a little, but we’re all using Slack, Trello, and Jira, collaboration tools like Google Docs, and video call tools like Google Hangouts and Zoom for stand-ups as well as code repositories.

What’s more important is how you use the tools.

For example, it’s important to have video calls rather than just voice calls, especially when talking to a whole team.

Group calls give us all the chance to assess the reactions, and individual emotions, of the people you’re communicating with.

This is true even on calls where people are often trying to express a message without spending a lot of time talking, as is often the case with team and group calls.

The same, too, with Slack: there have to be strong communication policies when using it, to avoid the possibility of people just spamming others.

Ivan's company, Base B helps companies build effective remote teams. See the tools and training practices that allow them to excel in helping their clients.

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Company Interview with Corine, co-founder of Sike Insights

We’re huge fans of Slack, Zoom, Tandem, LinkedIn, Superhuman, Google Calendar, Trello, Notion, Facebook Messenger… I could keep going, the list is quite long.

Class is in session! Corine and her team have been studying how to incorporate remote work in their startup for months. Learn about the effective remote work practices she and the team are implementing in their new company.

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Company Interview with Fraser, Global Head of Marketing at AnswerConnect

We use our own internal comms tool (the AnswerConnect.App) to stay in touch on a regular basis. You can chat with anybody in the company just by searching their name, but you can also create group ‘collabs’ for projects.

There are lots of ways you can organise these collabs, but we’ve found breaking them up by field (ie content, sales, design, etc.) works best, with one Master Collab to send daily updates to the whole team.

We also use a combination of Trello, email, video calls, and Google Docs/Sheets/Slides, the latter allows us to literally work from the same page!

We start the week with a full group catch up via our video-conferencing tool Teleport.video. Everyone is given their own time slot to share the tasks they’ve been working on and discuss what they plan to work on in the coming week.

We try to start every meeting with action points and deliverables already set out. Our aim is that everyone leaves a video call with a clear idea of the next steps, timeframes, and key collaborators.

A clear company structure is essential to efficient workflows and avoiding bottlenecks.

We also use YoCoBoard as a digital time-tracking tool, so people can clock-in and out. It’s important to ensure people work their contracted hours, but, for my team, I encourage clocking out to be a kind of symbolic act that tells them it’s time to switch off from work and enjoy personal time.

Friday newsletters, instant access to HR, & the use of GIFs in comms, Fraser and the AnswerConnect team could write a book on remote work best practices. Check out the process of how they make it all work.

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