Though working from home may have long been an elusive fantasy for many, that dream has quickly become a jarring reality for most. We are all in the same boat, as COVID19 sweeps the globe and forces everyone to scramble for ways to adapt to this new normal. So here are a few tips to buoy your creative collaboration as you navigate these unknown waters.
1. Establish a Dynamic Comms Channel
- Can you communicate in real-time and on a delay to keep collaboration flowing?
- Is it easy to create group chats to keep project chat on a single thread?
- Can you turn team chats into conference calls quickly, for impromptu catch-ups, to cut through crossed signals in real-time?
- Is organizing cross-team and client meetings convenient?
- Will you have access to all the tools you may need to get everyone on the same page (i.e., video conferencing, screen, file, image, and link sharing)?
2. Create a Command Center
You can’t create together if you’re unable to organize your work and coordinate your efforts. You need a place where information can be structured, stored, shared, and accessed from any location. Project management software like Monday.com, Wrike, Trello, and Asana can fill this gap. However, if you need a free alternative here’s a list of options:
3. Virtually Work & Play Together
Don’t skimp on real-time collaboration, ideation, and team building. Here are a few tools to help remote employees work more seamlessly, collaborate in real-time, brainstorm better, and bond with their virtual teams:
- Google Drive – free, web-based storage service, which provides a suite of complementary, cloud-based office software with powerful collaborative features.
- Box – secure, cloud-based file storage and collaboration platform
- Prelude – a creative trust-building game for virtual teams
- VirtuWall – a competitive game for tearing down team silos
- BRAINSTORM Online – a playful, powerful tool for fast, effective idea generation
It may feel like ‘sink or swim’ in the new normal, but with a bit of ingenuity, flexibility, and resiliency planning we can all learn to swim into a new, better normal together.