So last week, London came to an absolute standstill because all of the underground tubes went on strike, leaving hundreds of commuters stranded. On top of that there were then faults on the overground lines, which led to severe delays, some trains not running at all. And then there were the buses, despite 200 extra being put on the roads to deal with the strikes, some people found themselves exclaiming ‘what buses?’
Bosses listen up; you just need technology to ensure the work gets done!
There are various apps on the market, most of which are free, which stop you from stopping work. We are living in the technology age, why not set up Skype conferences through the day and get everyone to work at home? Set them work in advance, so they know what is expected of them too! Most work can be completed at home, it will save you money and time! Half of the workers in London arrived late due to the strikes and wanted to leave early!
Here are my personal five apps that allow me to work wherever I am, anywhere in the world:
Cost: Free or £1.30 per month for business use
Availability: App form – mobile, tablet and computer download
The service: A telecommunication application, which allows you to make free voice and video conference calls to anywhere around the world at any time. Skype for businesses is a big plus, as you can include up to 25 people in a conference call at one time. If you choose the business plan, you can have meetings with up to 250 people. You can also manage your meetings through Outlook as well as manage your employees Skype accounts.
Cost: $15 per month, 14-day free trial beforehand
Availability: Online service
The service: A social CRM software that has features such as; a multi-user account, unlimited network connections and full access to third-party integrations. Nimble has three main focuses: Insights, organisation and engagement. Nimble responds to your social media activity as well as sending notifications to your inbox about potential engagement opportunities.
Cost: 60-day free trial, then package deals ranging from $20 to $150 per month or $3,500 annually.
Availability: Online service
The service: Basecamp is a project management tool; it lets you run up to 10 active projects at one time and then have multiple archived projects. Multiple people can use the system, and you can change your plan monthly to suit your needs.
Cost: Free for first year, $0.99 per year after that
Availability: App form, mobile and the web
The service: Is an instant messaging service, which has also just rolled out WiFi calling, which allows users to stay in touch with anyone, anytime, anywhere as long as there is an internet connection. You can also send pictures, videos and sound clips via the app, it also lets you see when people have read your messages.
5. Google Drive
Cost: Free or $10 a month for business use
Availability: App form for mobile, tablet and web OR online service
The service: The business version allows you to ‘work without limits’- meaning unlimited storage in the Cloud space, being able to back-up all your work and syncing all your business files across office systems. The free version offers the same service minus the syncing, but with an obviously limited allowance of storage. It’s known for being ‘safe, secure and reliable’ so a bonus when it comes to business use.
Why are we letting transport issues put a halt to everything? The guys I feel sorry for is the ones that really can’t get out of work, such as the medical staff, teachers and public service employees. Hopefully, my tips will help you get around London easier and beat the strikes but not lose the businesses any money!