We’ve all heard the saying: Teamwork makes the dreamwork. Now, we know it may sound like a cliche, but we can assure you, there is much truth to it. As a matter of fact, 75% of the employees believe that if they are connected to the rest of their team, they’ll work more cohesively. They rate teamwork and collaboration as “very important” in their workplace.
Whether you work from home, the office, or both, collaboration tools are a must for a job well done and communication across the teams.
To thrive in your line of work, you need to invest in tools and technology. Thankfully, there are plenty of apps you can choose from.
Here, we’ll take a look at some of the best collaboration tools.
As an online collaboration platform, Chanty can help you foster great relationships and improve the way the teams collaborate.
You can enjoy seamless communication among your team through instant messages with a lot of storage space, as well as unlimited search history. The interface is quite intuitive and even if you are not tech-savvy, you’ll be able to catch up in no time. The video and audio calls have a high quality, and when presenting, you’ll be able to share your screen and share documents.
Since we are talking about a collaboration tool, you can easily turn your messages into tasks, set due dates, and priorities by using the Kanban board. Chanty also offers you Teambook as a single hub to organize your conversations, tasks, messages, and content. Regarding the messages, in Chanty you can always pin them and choose whenever you want to go back to them. You can also have discussion threads that will help you stay on one topic without having to scroll through your history all the time.
Chanty integrates with other apps such as Asana, Trello, Github, Google Drive, Onedrive, Dropbox, Zapier, and others. It is also available on Android or iOS.
The free plan is for up to 10 users, while the business plan starts at $3 user/month.
ProofHub is one of the best out there. In fact, it is used by 85000+ teams around the world because it brings everything under one roof. With its cool features, ProofHub can help you communicate, collaborate on files, and organize your work.
Its interface is quite easy to use, so the onboarding process is effortless.
One of the best things about ProofHub is the Gantt chart which you can use to plan projects and manage them better.
Feel free to break down tasks into subtasks and assign them to your teammates. You can also share attachments in the tasks and comment on them. The Kanban board will help you move tasks around and build an agile work process.
If you need to brainstorm ideas and resolve some issues you may have as a team, create discussion topics. Here, you can add people, mention them in comments, or share files. In terms of the files, you can review files and give feedback through online proofing. You can even use markup to point out what should be changed.
You can bring together your scattered files because ProofHub integrates with OneDrive, Dropbox, and Google Drive.
The pricing plans start at $45 and go up to $89 per month.
We are talking about the leaders in video communication software. Even though the product has been on the market for a long time, it wasn’t until 2020 that we saw how important this tool will be. As a leading conferencing tool, it is really easy to use by simply creating a meeting in the app and sharing the link with the attendees.
You can have breakout rooms to split your attendees into smaller groups which makes it more manageable. Your meetings can be interactive if you use their features such as reactions, GIFs, polls, filters, hand-rising, etc. In addition, feel free to use screen share during the calls and record them for people that couldn’t join the calls. Later on, you’ll get the meeting recordings and transcriptions.
In terms of integrations, Zoom offers integrations with more than 300 apps. You can integrate with Microsoft Drive, Dropbox, Outlook, Google Apps, and many more.
Zoom faced some scandals regarding its security, but they stepped up their game and they are now back on track with end-to-end encryption and AES 256 encryption.
Here we have several pricing plans, starting from the free one, up to the Enterprise plan for $19.99 per month.
As one of the best and oldest project management tools, Asana certainly makes a remarkable splash. It even offers its services to the likes of Pinterest, Uber, TED, and Intel. Since it is a tool for planning, scheduling, and monitoring plans, it is quite familiar with workflow solutions. Asana is designed to allow the teams to visualize project progress. With it, everyone will know what’s been done, what is currently happening, and what is left regarding a certain project.
Asana offers different organizations and workspaces. The workspace refers to a group of people that work on something together. Here, you can create projects where you can log in and track your work, talk to your team, etc. The organization is an Asana account that connects people with the same email domain.
Use Kanban boards to organize the work into different segments. The task prioritization and visualization help the employees to focus on the important things. You can map and modify the project plan by intersecting tasks and setting due dates. Also, Asana offers a graphical representation of the reports and tasks progress summaries.
Regarding integrations, Asana can be integrated with Jira, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and many more.
It has three pricing plans, starting from Basic and up to Business plan which is $24.99.
Brosix is a messaging platform. It offers all classic features such as: messaging and chat rooms, audio, and video calls, screen sharing, file transfer, whiteboards, etc. It is very easy to use since its interface is quite user-friendly.
Teams love Brosix because of its security. The fully encrypted Team Network works in the back. So, if you are worried about safety, this would be a great tool for you.
As a user, you can control who is added to the network and manage the users if you have administrative privileges. In addition, these administrative features will help you tailor Brosix to your team’s needs.
Brosix integrates with Zapier and Integrately for better productivity across all our services and apps.
You can use Brosix on Mac, Windows, Linux, iPhone, iPad, and Android.
The pricing starts with a free plan, and up to a premium plan which is $6 per month.
This one is a web-based time-tracking tool. It is an innovative platform that allows remote teams and freelancers to manage and identify project progress, improve workflow, and minimize time waste. In addition, with just one click on Apploye’s dashboard, you can keep records of the URLs employees visit during work and determine if that is productive. In fact, the dashboard has all the essential features to check the performance of the employees.
Use timesheets to assign tasks to each employee individually and divide the projects into several smaller segments. The timesheets can be customized and they contain daily weekly and monthly entries. You can use employee scheduling features to plan employees’ duties in a matter of seconds. The scheduling can be used to assign shifts and track absences.
Apploye allows you to supervise your business. The features such as timesheets, screenshots, and GPS trackers, bring employees’ productivity to a whole new level. The GPS location tracker removes the communication barriers among the remote teams.
Use Apployee on your preferred device, whether that is Mac, Linux, Windows, or Android.
Apploye offers three pricing plans, starting from $49/lifetime to $177/lifetime, depending on the preferred features and number of employees.
Workplus is a monitoring tool that tracks the time employees spend on websites and apps and their general computer activities. In fact, it offers insights into how the employees perform during work.
If you are a manager, it will help you be on track with your team members’ work since you’ll be able to see what websites and apps they are using. In addition, you can find out the frequency of their visits and how much time they spend on those apps or websites. If the employees are active or idle, you’ll know based on the activity from their mouse or keyboard.
Workplus allows you to take screenshots of your employees’ screens to improve productivity and oversight. You can even set up the screenshots frequency and find out how they are using their work hours.
Workplus includes automatic time mapping. It automatically assigns work based on projects. If you want to streamline the organizational workflow, you can integrate several apps and map the progress of each project. In addition, it features task tracking functionality and payroll calculation. Also, if you are a manager, you can label certain websites or apps as unproductive, productive, or neutral, based on your insights.
Fan of charts and graphs? Workplus offers you a graphical representation of the employees’’ productivity through pie charts.
You can also assign special rights to certain users to manage the organizational hierarchy.
The pricing starts from $8 or $6,40 (depending if you prefer the monthly or annual plan), and up to $15 or $12.
Working in a team, especially nowadays when most of us work remotely, can be a tough job. However, having the right tools can do wonders. If you are ready to improve productivity, make sure you get some of these apps as soon as possible because they are essential. They’ll help you manage your tasks, streamline the processes, and communicate effectively.
Let us know what works best for you. Did your favorite app make it on our list?