Recent events have given the modern business owner quite a few boxes to tick.
Even before the current situation, the concept of everyone who works for you all coming into one place at 9am and leaving at 5pm was on the wane. Now you have most, if not all, of your staff working from home and a host of freelancers dipping in and out of your business in tune with rises and falls in demand for your services.
This ‘new normal’ comes with the possible rewards of lower overheads (after all, do you really need that big office space now?), but there is a list of new challenges as well. To help you meet those, products and services have emerged (or adapted) and can be used within your business.
This is by no means a complete rundown of what’s available but should provide a great starting place for ways to make your modern business even better.
#1 Project Management Tools
We can stick task management in with this as well. Having your team working remotely means coordinating everything and everybody is a harder task than ever. Using task or project management software to allocate tasks and where everybody can check progress can be a lifesaver.
There are both free and paid options for most software available so that smaller businesses with limited funds can still make use of these tools. The list of options is considerable, and you can usually find a tool that is compatible with much of your existing software.
#2 Employee Feedback Tools
This is an important one. Now that everyone is working from home, it’s hard to gauge how people are feeling about their jobs. When everyone is under the same roof, it’s easy to pick up body language and sense both good and bad atmospheres developing.
Without that daily contact, it may be difficult to see somebody’s dissatisfaction until it’s too late. Employee survey software especially which allows you to design the survey yourself, gives you a chance to see what is really going on.
This means you can get a heads up about the pressures placed on your staff that you might not be aware of and as a result, you might keep a key member of staff.
#3 Communication Tools
One feature of the old office structure was those face-to-face ‘huddle’ team meetings. While the ‘new normal’ has exposed exactly how many of those were not needed, sometimes a long email with everyone cc’d in, or notes on the task management software just won’t do.
For times like these, meeting software like Zoom, Skype, or even just WhatsApp can replace sitting around a table. We’ve already seen a rise in the use of these apps within the workplace so you might already have a favorite.
However, with the current situation looking like it may persist for some time and the belief among many that we might not need to return to the old ways, ensuring you have a reliable tool to run your meetings could be the cornerstone of your business.