I am sure that you already have Zoom, Slack and Asana on your computer. But daily office life is more than written tasks and planned meetings. There are lunches with your team, spontaneous talks near the water cooler, common tasks and goals you want to acheive. It’s your comfortable workplace and it by itself motivates you to be productive. Just look at the bunch of stickers on the wall — big things are waiting for you!
Life in office has a lot of invisible and important processes in it. After we all switched to remote work, many of these processes disappeared from our lives. But it seems to me that we can move them online painlessly.
So let’s talk about these processes and the tools that help us recreate the office vibe at home! The ones that help remote teams keep in touch, talk to each other more and don’t miss the opportunities they could have in the office.
p.s. You will not find very popular tools here. And I did it in purpose.
Description: it’s a virtual office — you can quickly interact with colleagues, spontaneously call them and work together on the same platforms (Trello, Notion, Google Docs, etc.)
Description: virtual spaces that simulate real meetings.
Description: short games / quizzes that are designed to help the participants of the meeting to find connection with each other in a friendly way.
Description: A visual platform that simplifies decision-making for teams.
Description: An app that allows you to meet spontaneously online with colleagues and friends.
Description: software for conducting online retrospectives.
Description: A Slack bot that automatically allocates time for joint coffee breaks.
Description: tools for developers that enables to talk, share your code and do pair programming with ease.
Description: “virtual coworking” — where you can easily find a “colleague”, and monitor the concentration and productivity of each other.
Description: an add-on for video calls services (Zoom, Meet) that helps make meetings more efficient.
Description: “stories for stand-ups” — update each other regardless of their time zone or location, using async video & voice messages.
Description: An app that makes it easy to create, store, and collaborate on notes after a meeting.
Description: extension for Google Chrome that allows you to exchange emotions during Google Meet calls.
Description: An app for G-Suite that optimizes your calendar, searching for a best time for a focused work.
Try SlashTalk [not launched yet, but seems promising — from creators of Meerkat и Houseparty]
Description: it is not clear yet, but their manifesto says that they want to decentralize communication within the teams completely.