Do you think remote work is overrated? Do you find it more difficult than working on location? Perhaps you’re not working with the right communication tools. Remote work thrives on effective communication via suitable communication channels. 

Depending on the type of remote work you do, you’ll need to find the most acceptable mode of communication, be it via VoIP technology, instant messaging, SMS, phone calls, video chat, or emails. This article will share five communication tools you need and how to use them.

5 Communication Tools You Need for Remote Work

Communication Tool #1: VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) Applications

This technology enables voice and multimedia transmission over the internet. It is a faster and easier way to reach people. With the video function, users can easily switch from audio to video, and follow up conversations with text chats. 

Certainly, with this technology, video-conferencing can replace board room meetings and face-to-face meetings that would have taken place in a physical location. A good number of software and applications that use this technology have also enabled a screen-sharing feature that allows users to be able to share important media files. 

So, are you sending an email when you should be video-conferencing with your team? Or are you sending a series of emails when a voice call can provide clarity on the issue? Perhaps you need to evaluate your conflict resolution strategy and employ the right remote working communication tools. VoIP is especially suitable for presentations and team communication.

With WhatsApp:

  • You can make group video and voice calls, send media files and encrypted text chats. 
  • WhatsApp lets you display a catalog of your goods and services, and update your status with important images and videos. 
  • WhatsApp for Business lets you leave automated messages for when you cannot respond to messages immediately.

This app is great for team bonding, and for marketing your products. However, the app has no screen sharing feature, it has a low limit to the number of participants in a group call (it permits up to eight participants), and certain settings (such as turning off receipts) can make formal discussions difficult to have. Additionally, WhatsApp is completely free for use.

On Slack free users have access to:

  • 5GB of storage space
  • Two-factor authentication
  • 10000 most recent messages 
  • One-on-one calls
  • Limited access to analytics, and 
  • Technical support.

The paid plans, Standard and Plus, have more functionality, including up to 20GB of file storage per user, user controls, unlimited access to analytics and past messages, and voice and video calls with up to 15 participants. The DM (direct messages) function allows team leads to supervise and communicate with individual members, and with Enterprise Grid, organizations can enjoy the interconnectivity of several Slack channels.

Brosix

  • Brosix’s end-to-end encryption ensures that messages are sent and delivered securely. 
  • It scans incoming messages using the device’s antivirus tool. 
  • Like Slack it also allows video and audio calls, text chats, and has a screen sharing option – but at a cheaper cost. 
  • The app can set up a communication structure which you can tailor to your communication needs. 

Brosix gives you control over your data – you can delete your information from their servers whenever you desire – so you don’t have to worry about the security of sensitive information.

Nextiva

This is another great VoIP option. Like the previous two options, it also allows for:

  • Phone calls, 
  • Collaboration,
  • Analytics, and 
  • Integration with other applications. 

Nextiva offers you a great deal of information with their analytics. You can view the peak times of communication, and analyze it alongside your CRM tools, to give you a better understanding of your customers and team members.

Standard ethics apply in communicating via VoIP technology:

  • Be decent when you’re taking or making video calls.
  • And be punctual for meetings.
  • Also, be prepared – have your slides and information at hand.
  • Mute your mic when you’re not expected to speak.
  • Use appropriate language.
  • Allow others to speak – don’t interrupt unnecessarily.
  • Don’t share sensitive information on social media or with others.

Chanty

Chanty is a team communication tool for business teams of all sizes. It offers:

  • Instant messaging between team members – one to one messages, public and private conversations
  • Unlimited searchable message history
  • Audio and video calls with screen sharing
  • Task management functionality with the Kanban board
  • Teambook – a single hub to organize your tasks, conversations, pinned messages and content
  • Voice messages
  • Integrations with third-party apps
  • Discussion threads.

Communication Tool #2: Email

Although traditional, oftentimes people misuse or underuse emails. Certainly, emails are a formal and acceptable way of introducing staff, facilitating internal communication, and relating with clients. 

Emails provide an excellent way to track the conversation history between you and a client, especially if the client is one who often changes their minds about the project direction.

Things to note:

  • Keep email communication short and straight to the point.
  • Don’t forget to add attachments if you’ve stated in the email that you will.
  • Don’t forget to Reply All, so that no one is left out of the conversation.
  • Always double-check your message to ensure that typos and misspellings are corrected. It’s difficult to correct the wrong impression that a poorly-drafted email gives.

Communication Tool #3: Instant Messaging Applications

The instant messaging technology enables text chats to travel real-time and has become a normal channel of communication among individuals, teams, and organizations. You’ll need instant messaging to coordinate team work and keep in touch with clients. 

  • Instant messaging is faster than emails.
  • Because a large majority of users use these apps on mobile devices, it is an easier way to communicate and stay in touch with clients.
  • Your startup can use these apps to update clients on product information and ongoing sales.  

Make Sure That Your Messages Are:

  • Specific
  • Clear 
  • Appropriate, and
  • Present a call-to-action

Communication Tool #4: Blogging

Blogging is fast becoming a veritable marketing tool for organizations. If your marketing efforts being hampered by the effects of the pandemic, perhaps you should try blogging. Blogging about company related news, facts, reports and products is a good way to keep your startup on the minds of potential customers, especially when you’re working remotely.

  • Blog consistently 
  • Blog facts
  • Ensure that your blog posts are interactive and provide real solutions for your audience.

Don’t know where to begin? Not a problem. You can outsource your internal blog hosting. Blogin gives you great value for money by taking care of your internal blog hosting for a fair fee. You can enjoy blog hosting, integrations with Slack and Hangouts, email and push notifications, Google and Slack sign-in, Email and desktop notifications, unlimited users and teams, full content security, and my personal favorite – unlimited posts and categories.

Communication Tool #5: The Traditional Phone!

What if your contacts are not replying to your emails or reading chats? Or what if your contacts are not social media savvy? Or what if they do not use the tools you have? What if your internet connection is poor? That’s where the traditional business phone lines come in.

You’ll need phone calls to:

  • Follow-up on contracted work and meetings, 
  • Resolve customer related issues and improve customer experience.
  • Clarify or settle communication issues that emails and instant messages won’t take care of.

When using phone calls as a remote work tool:

  • Keep your tone cordial and warm.
  • Be polite.
  • Explain the situation as best as you can.
  • Have your facts on hand, avoid stuttering.

Remote work doesn’t have to be a chore. Choose any of these communication tools to schedule your work and make it easier.


About the author:

Andreyana Kulina is a Digital Marketing Specialist at Brosix, specializing in Content marketing and outreach strategies. Besides her passion for digital marketing, she likes hiking and mountain-biking. Connect with her on LinkedIn.


5 Communication Tools You Need for Remote Work

  1. VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) applications

    This technology enables voice and multimedia transmission over the internet. It is a faster and easier way to reach people.

  2. Email

    Emails provide an excellent way to track the conversation history between you and a client, especially if the client is one who often changes their minds about the project direction. 

  3. Instant Messaging Applications

    The instant messaging technology enables text chats to travel real-time and has become a normal channel of communication among individuals, teams, and organizations. You’ll need instant messaging to coordinate team work and keep in touch with clients.

  4. Blogging

    Blogging is fast becoming a veritable marketing tool for organizations. Are your marketing efforts being hampered by the effects of the pandemic? Perhaps you should try blogging.

  5. The traditional phone

    When your contacts are not replying to your emails or reading chats, or are not social media savvy. Or maybe they do not use the tools you have, or their internet connection is poor… That’s where the traditional business phone lines come in.


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