Guest blogger Lisa Froelings is a business and productivity consultant with over 4 years of experience in human resources working for a major retailer in the country before she decided to build her own business. Her interests include technology, mindfulness as well as time management.
Over the past decade, the concept of work has transformed. From coworking spaces to remote work retreats, productivity in the workplace is no longer dependent on sitting in an office for eight hours a day, seven days a week. One of the biggest outcomes from this shift has been the rapid development of technology that now enables both individuals and teams to work collaboratively and efficiently, no matter where they are in the world.
Here are 5 examples of some of the best workplace tech available in 2018 that can serve a variety of profiles, whether you’re a solopreneur, freelancer, or a growing startup.
Whether you’re a team of 4 or a quickly growing company, Confluence is a collaboration tool developed by software company, Atlassian. Focusing on a wide variety of sectors, from space travel to nonprofits, Atlassian aims to bring people together through tech. Confluence is just one of their many projects that have successfully optimized teamwork. The collaboration tool can store anything from meeting minutes, to dynamic content and large-scale project plans. For growing businesses, Confluence allows you to utilize a wealth of add-ons and plug-ins, ranging from workflow management software to customizable toolbars.
It would be a real challenge to find a company that doesn’t operate online most of the time if not all of it. Much like it’s essential for there to be a flow of traffic into a physical shop to survive, the same applies to online businesses. For new businesses, it can be even more challenging to get the word out there at first and it can be even more challenging to keep up momentum. Luckily, Sumo has come to the rescue. In less than a minute, companies can set up an account and start increasing their conversion rates using a variety of tactics. Sumo helps companies increase customer conversions by helping you streamline your email marketing skills by growing your email list. In addition, Sumo helps you track your progress, which is essential when you are experimenting with different communication strategies in the early stages of development.
More and more teams are working remotely these days, and most often not together. It’s now relatively commonplace to find a company that has a developer in China but there CFO is in England. Nobody understands this dynamic better that Toptal. The US-based company is one of the top resources for freelance talent and is fully remote. Because of their expertise in both the freelance economy and how to remain productive with a team spread across the world, TopTracker has been designed specifically for those who are looking to maintain their freedom without compromising productivity.
Aimed at streamlining content production, Volerro is an ideal platform for agile marketing teams that are looking to plan, organize and ultimately share their work with one another to make sure everyone is on the same page. Volerro allows you to assign tasks and track time, while also providing an interactive interface where colleagues can share screens to monitor work and also set up calls. With the ultimate goal of ending “content chaos” Volerro is perfect for perfecting traditional strategic marketing techniques with new technologies.
Based on three simple tasks: Integrate, Automate and Innovate, Zapier is a tool that makes it easy to automate various parts of your business, by triggering a notification for repetitive tasks. By setting up a “Zap” the app acts as a blueprint that records what needs to be done, when and how. For example, any part of the business, from organizing payments, to setting up daily tasks, Zapier tracks your date to make sure you never miss an important function again. This tool is vital for business at all stages, but especially those that are developing and have little time to focus on day to day functions.
Workplace technology is always advancing by the minute, and while these are just a few of the numerous tools available on the market today, they are a great example of what’s out there and how to use technology to boost productivity in the workplace.