As the world transitions to a new normal, more and more companies are opting to implement alternative working arrangements. The national government has also encouraged private businesses to study remote working arrangements to ensure the safety of their employees.
And as we enter a world where social distancing will be the norm, working from home is one viable option as we combat the COVID-19 pandemic. (READ: Filipino doctors give tips on how to navigate the ‘new normal’)
Here are four apps that will help make your life easier while working from home amid the pandemic.
Slack is an app that is great to fit the needs of any team. With its easy to use interface, communication and collaboration will be a breeze no matter how big or small your group is—especially when you’re working from home.
With its scheduling and task management/assignment features, you can stay on top of your team activities. Slack also helps you communicate and organize work among your teammates—message anyone privately or in a group, you can even break down teams to smaller groups for certain projects! (Read: Download these apps for a healthier lifestyle)
Available in Android and iOS, Slack allows sharing and editing documents which is ideal for those who hate communicating through email.
Zoom lets you have a virtual office meeting through video conferencing. It has a whiteboard for real-time collaboration and also allows you to share your screen and collaborate with your teammates easily.
Closed doors meetings can also be done virtually via Zoom. This app provides privacy to your meetings since you can lock it and require a password for people to join. You can even enable the watermark feature on audio and video if your meeting content is sensitive!
Time management is perhaps the biggest hurdle when working from home. You can easily lose track of time! Toggl helps you track your hours and manages your workflow. With that, you can monitor how you spend your time and break down your hours by projects, clients, or tasks.
This app also features analytical time management reports, integrated calendars, and suggests activities on how to track your activities and spend your time wisely. (Read: 5 Reminders to Keep Yourself Focused When You’re Feeling Out-Of-Sorts)
Asana is a mobile project management app that helps you track your work projects from anywhere. It gives you constant updates on your team’s tasks and if anyone on your team is on leave. Use Asana to add tasks for to-dos, reminders, requests, and to create projects. You can set due dates for those, too! (Read: DOST launches 15 new apps to better address COVID-19 issues)
Asana also allows you to communicate with your team for clarifications of instructions and questions—a key ingredient to effectively work from home. Changes made in Asana’s mobile app will immediately appear in the web app. You can even use the app while offline, as updates will sync when you’re back online.