We’re in 2021, the year after the largest paradigm shift in urban life since the commute, and we’re experiencing a consolidation of new habits, one of them crowned like the solution to the so-called Zoom fatigue we’ve all been experiencing these last couple of months: asynchronous communication.
In an article about the trends we could see rising in 2021, Entrepreneur noted: “2021 will be full of challenges, mainly tighter budgets and talent drain. It is for this reason that the management of collaborative work will be more important than ever for managers or project leaders”, and so rightly so.
The collaboration space has grown steadily over the years and has brought new opportunities along the way. Today asynchronous communication is a solid choice for managers and product leaders looking to reinvent their workplace and scale teams in a post-pandemic world.
If you've been wondering how to trim your virtual workspace this year, stay put. We’re sharing three tools that we think can help you improve team collaboration, perhaps even more so in tighter than usual budgets:
1. DailyBot (for Slack, Microsoft Teams or Google Chat)
Conversational experiences are in their highest point of their careers today and with good reason. DailyBot is a chatbot and a web platform that helps you reduce expenses by controlling the amount of meetings you have, keeping track of your team tasks and mood over time, or sharing real-time feedback and small wins with your teammates, among many more features.
What’s great about it is that all the action happens natively right from your favorite chat platform: Whether you’re using Slack for your written communication, Microsoft Teams for its 365 integration, or Google Chat (previously Hangouts) for the full G-suite, DailyBot helps you gather all your team’s insights in one known place.
Best of all is that it starts free, then offers a basic, a standard and a enterprise plan according to your needs.
- Free with unlimited users, teams, check-ins and custom updates.
- Basic: 2.50/mo. billed annually.
- Standard: 4/mo. billed annually.
- Enterprise: Call for quote and custom billing.
Figma is a design tool where you can collaborate with your team and share projects in real time. Part (or most) of the appeal relies in its incredible ability to include in the process every stakeholder of the project, exposing milestones achieved along the way.
They offer free and paid solutions for all kinds of teams.
- Starter, free for up to 2 editors and 3 projects
- Professional: $12 per editor/month
- Organization: $45 per editor/month (annual billing only)
Zapier simplifies the automation of day-to-day tasks among teams so they can focus on what’s important. With a vast ecosystem of integrations, teammates can easily connect apps and collaborate more seamlessly without compromising security or productivity. Also DailyBot has native integrations with Zapier, making it specially easy for you to discover new workflows from home with your team.
They offer several solutions according to the team:
- Free for teams up to 5 people.
To see their pricing options, see here.
These are 3 useful tools that can help companies and teams that found themselves lost because of the pandemic, gain some control over their time, meetings, and find easier ways to run remote work environments.
Looking for more? Honorable mentions for other tools that can help you this 2021 include: YAC+Slack, InVision, Notion, Google Workspace, Zoom, and Tandem Chat.