This is a guest article and does not necessarily reflect the views and values of Impetus Digital. The original article was created by Papercurve and can be found here.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, chances are your team has tested remote access through virtual private access (VPN) and adopted a working-from-home policy. And if you’re fortunate enough, teams already operating from a 100% remote office have not missed a beat in the wake of the pandemic.
With continuity and emergency planning top-of-mind for businesses, the perception of the workplace is changing and working-from-home culture is no longer optional, but the new norm. For many teams who have adopted home working, this transition will have minimal impact on projects and task lists. But others may find the transition to be difficult, especially when it comes to team collaboration.
So how do you collaborate and make decisions when your team is completely remote? Here are the top 3 tools to leverage during crisis to make work transitions a little easier on everyone.
Host a virtual discussion
For tens of thousands of professionals, working from home is a way of life. One of the easiest ways to increase virtual collaboration is to host a meeting online. And there are so many ways to do this.
From Google Hangouts Meet and Zoom to Skype for Business Online, you can run your meetings completely virtual with the help of these tech companies. While some people find the camera off putting, many professionals are finding that video meetings are a great way to feel connected to your peers when you’re unable to be face-to-face. Best of all, there are free solutions your business can leverage today for call hosting and video conferencing capabilities.
Keep the conversation alive using IMs
The staple in every startup company’s tech stack – if you aren’t currently using Slack, there’s no better time to bring this service to the table.
Although providing much more tools today than messaging, instant messengers and collaboration software like Slack, Jabber, and Chatter provide relief on your inbox while also giving you and your peers the forum to chat in open and unstructured dialogue. These software options allow teams to create multi-peer channels to check on project specific conversations, import app integrations and set a status to inform your peers when you’re away or online.
Synchronize collaboration with your co-workers, in real-time
Ditch the file versioning. With file collaboration software available like Google Drive or Microsoft’s OneDrive, you can synchronize file feedback and work together in real-time with your colleagues. And since you won’t be having review meetings in the same room, approvals for your medical, legal and regulatory reviews may be difficult to manage and to track.
From the help of these technologies, you can not only manage your work from the comfort of your own home but automate the busy work in between. With approval software like Papercurve, you can easily keep your stakeholders in-the-know with a platform designed for life sciences and pharmaceutical teams. Easily upload promotional, educational or scientific content, link sources to references and manage stakeholder approvals all from one platform.
You can also research collaboration solutions like Impetus Digital to assist in synchronizing stakeholder management and other market-leading professional services for healthcare.
There is no doubt that working during a global crisis such as a pandemic can be difficult on your professional day-to-day. With the transition to remote working, it’s important to remember technologies are available to help parts of your work run like business-as-usual.
About Impetus Digital
Impetus Digital is the spark behind sustained healthcare stakeholder communication, collaboration, education, and insight synthesis. Our best-in-class technology and professional services ensure that life science organizations around the world can easily and cost-effectively grow and prosper—from brand or idea discovery to development, commercialization, execution, and beyond—in collaboration with colleagues, customers, healthcare providers, payers, and patients.