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With over 50% of US workers working remotely at least once a week and tech solutions catching up quickly to meet the new challenges faced by modern businesses, hybrid workplaces are becoming the new norm.
But choosing the right tools to carry your team through all aspects of their work isn’t always easy. It takes insight, a firm understanding of your company’s mission, and some trial and error to discover which tools are the best fit for your team.
The good news? By solidifying a tech stack in line with your company goals, your hybrid organization can thrive no matter where your employees are working from.
Luckily for you, we’ve got just the article you need to help your team research, test, and finalize tools that align with your company’s needs.
In today’s quick guide, we’re sharing five of the top tech solutions hybrid companies like yours can bet on.
1. User access management tools
Ensuring your employees have access to all the tools they need — without compromising on data security — is essential to keeping the entire hybrid machine working harmoniously.
As hybrid teams become increasingly distributed, using solutions, such as AI for access management, can help employees safely get the company data they need.
SailPoint, and other user access tools, can help your team bust information silos and reduce manual processes so employees can get the information they need when they need it.
For instance, your marketing team may not need access to your accounting software or HR processes. But they will need access to your social media scheduling tools, content marketing tools, ad creation tools, and your customer relationship management platform if you have one.
With SailPoint, you can decide which teams and individual employees should have access to data and specific tools so they can perform their jobs to the best of their ability.
You can also use password management tools, like LastPass, to help your team get access to pertinent company logins. LastPass helps keep logins safe by using a “Master Password” feature and by locking company passwords in a protected digital vault.
2. Sales tools
Managing your sales team’s goals, lead information, and closed deals is a job in and of itself.
Before researching specific tools, get a good sense of your current sales processes, needs, and goals. Think about the exact features you’ll need to orchestrate these details as strategically as possible.
For instance, maybe you need sales management software that can help you track contact information and place calls without leaving the tool. Or maybe you need software that can send automated meeting reminders and help reps track their sales goals.
Whatever the case may be, make sure you know what you’re looking for before conducting research.
When you’re ready to conduct research, look into tools such as Close, ActiveCampaign, and Salesforce to facilitate your company’s CRM management
3. Document and calendar-sharing tools
From collaborating on articles for your company blog to having complete visibility over your team’s schedules, document and calendar-sharing tools can help your team manage responsibilities with ease.
Check out Google Workspace’s tools, such as Google Docs for document drafting and Google Calendar for schedule planning and visibility.
For client and employee onboarding and other contract management processes, look into contract management software, such as PandaDoc and DocuSign.
4. Communication tools
Keep the lines of communication open and active by offering your team strategic communication tools.
Use video conferencing software, such as Zoom or Google Meet, for meetings and team check-ins. For group and one-on-one messaging, check out team messaging tools like Slack.
You can also take advantage of in-app messaging if your team opts for productivity tools that offer this feature (think Asana, ClickUp, or Basecamp).
For individual and group correspondence, you can simply use an email provider, like Gmail, to keep everyone in the loop.
For quick training videos, video messages, meeting recaps, or video instruction, look into an app called Loom.
With Loom, you can screen share as you record and remain in the video (your “talking head” will be featured at the bottom left of the recording at all times unless you turn it off).
We especially love these two features because you can create personalized training and feedback videos for individual employees or teams. You can also add these videos to your evergreen training content library to streamline employee onboarding training in the future.
And finally, go the extra mile by nurturing team camaraderie. Look into an app called Donut, which integrates into Slack and focuses on helping teams build connections and meaningful relationships at work.
Some tools also offer the ability to connect with employees in-app. For instance, Asana and Basecamp let employees send digital tokens of recognition to each other for a job well done.
5. Productivity tools
A large part of nurturing a hybrid company to success is having standardized operating procedures that allow your team to perform regardless of where they’re working from.
But standard procedures without tech tools to carry them through will only lead to unnecessary manual work — which is a drain on company time and resources.
That’s why it’s essential to choose productivity tools that can help your team work smarter, not harder.
Work OS tools, such as ClickUp, Asana, Trello, Basecamp, and monday.com, can help your team orchestrate their entire workload, from project initiation to time tracking to deliverable submission.
Time tracking software, such as Toggle and TimeCamp can help your team stay on track to hit their deadlines and personal goals without the pain of constant check-ins.
When it comes to choosing the right productivity tools for your organization, start by tracing your business’ daily operations. Then, review your employees’ current workload, capacity, and productivity habits.
Finally, get together with frontline managers and seasoned employees to test out free trials of various productivity tools. Then, choose your tools!
As the world continues to shift into a hybrid work culture, finding ways to become more productive and solution-focused is key to creating businesses that succeed.
That’s why finalizing the right tech stack is so important.
By choosing tech solutions in line with your company’s mission and daily processes, you can create a work environment that’s built to help your entire team thrive.
Are you ready to run a productive, happy team?
We hope today’s quick guide has given you the confidence you need to get out there and choose the best tech solutions for your hybrid workplace.
To your success!
Ryan Robsinson is a blogger, podcaster and (recovering) side project addict that teaches 500,000 monthly readers how to start a blog and grow a profitable side business at ryrob.com.