We’re all becoming very aware of that we might have to change the way we work and especially the way we work together, over the next couple of months. For community businesses, it could be a particularly disruptive change as so many of us are to used working together to make things better in our communities.
With that in mind, here are a few ideas from Twine for staying connected using digital tools.
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Video & Voice Calls over Email
Consider picking up the phone or joining a video call instead of discussing things in an email exchange.
Writing down what we mean or what we need can be a great way of keeping a record of things, but it’s often no substitute for the communicative power of direct conversation.
Whether it’s a video chat or just a voice call, it’s much easier to get a connection and feel creative if we can hear the inflection in one another’s voices or see the excitement in each other’s face.
Software like Skype & Microsoft Teams means this can often be achieved for free too!
Just because we aren’t together in person, doesn’t mean we can’t collaborate together – on the same document, at the same time.
With Google’s Docs, Drive & Sheets programs and Microsoft’s Office 365, you can work in tandem with your colleagues in real time - couple it with a video a call and it’s almost like working side-by-side.
And once again, some of these options can be achieved for little or no cost.
When things get disrupted like that are that the moment, it isn’t just our working lives that get affected, it’s everything. So, it is important to be mindful of that the fact that our typical working hours might not be easy as they were before.
With that in mind, why not make use of software like Doodle to help plan and rearrange things to suit everyone.