Unlike other remote working platforms, Remotasks offers more than enough flexibility to not just let Remotaskers choose projects they want to work on, but there’s also room for Remotaskers to join groups and work on tasks together as a team. If you’ve just joined a Remotasks team or want to form a team with fellow Remotaskers, then chances are you want to know the best way to reach out to them whenever you want to work together on a task. However, just what kind of tools should you rely on if you want to connect with your teammates more efficiently?
One of the most underestimated tools out there for connecting with teammates is definitely Google Meet. Chances are, your Remotasks team is already connected via Google Mail (Gmail), meaning you already have a Google Account and access to Google’s full suite of services. Thanks to Google Meet, you can capitalize on Google’s services whenever you do video calls with teammates. Among Google Meet’s slate of features include:
- Up to 100 participants: If you’re a part of a Remotasks team with a ton of members, Google Meet is probably a cost-efficient way of meeting with them. With free meetings accommodating up to 100 participants, large teams such as communities of Remotaskers can meet seamlessly.
- Live captions can do a great deal for accessibility: If your Remotasks team has members who have spotty connections or other video-conferencing woes, live captions can make use of Google’s speech recognition technology to help participants read what you’re saying. This is super useful for meetings with complicated terminologies, as live captions can help others understand what others are talking about.
- Adjust screen settings and layouts: Google Meet automatically adjusts how the meeting looks like for participants depending on various settings. These include displaying most active participants and content for easier access to those who want to identify who is currently speaking.
Of all work apps mentioned in this article, it’s perhaps Slack that seems the most-used in a lot of workspaces. However, aside from being a typical chat application, there are actually features within Slack that make it such an ideal place for Remotasks teams to use to connect:
- Organized channels and workspaces: Your email in Slack can be invited to multiple workspaces and assigned to multiple channels, which is a neat way of reflecting how your Remotasks career can make you a part of different teams with different tasks. You can switch workplaces with ease without being overwhelmed with too much notifications as well.
- Expanded communication options: If your Remotasks team is involved in communicating with other teams or even Remotasks clients, Slack is a great way to connect with everyone at one without overloading everyone with information. For instance, there are public channels for all team members to use, with private channels exclusively for certain tasks. Meanwhile, there’s also Slack Connect that can connect you with other organizations, allowing you to connect with other Slack workspaces without needing to register again.
- Make asynchronous communication more accessible: One of the best features of Slack is giving you access to asynchronous communication. Its huddle feature allows you to create spontaneous calls within a team where everyone present can attend easily, as well as extra features such as creating short recordings for those who are in different timezones. This is exceptionally helpful for Remotaskers in a team across different timezones.
Throughout the start of the pandemic, a lot of workspaces have been using Zoom more proactively for their various meetings. And while Zoom at first glance seems only useful in the context of video calls, there are actually a handful of Zoom features that may make it into an ideal connecting platform for Remotasks teams:
- Straightforward meeting interface: Unlike other apps, Zoom is exclusively used for communiction, making sure you and your team are able to sync much faster and much easier compared to other apps. Zoom’s home screen alone allows you to quickly organize new meetings, join meetings, schedule meetings, and even share your screen instantly. There are nifty tabs for chats, contacts, and meeting details for you to be able to check your pending meetings much faster.
- Immense meeting controls: If you’re looking for a means to control a lot of what your team can do in meetings, Zoom can be the perfect fit. This is especially useful if your Remotasks team has a lot of members, as things can get chaotic without anyone managing things. Inside a Zoom’s meeting interface, hosts can access screensharing, chat, and even changing screen names. Not only that, coordinators can authenticate attendees, block domains, and even require passwords for private conversations.
- Chat system expands Zoom’s feature: Contrary to what others believe, Zoom actually has a chat feature that allows you to directly message others and even get organized into teams. If your Remotasks team loves Zoom’s other features, you may as well keep everyone connected via chat so you can access Zoom’s other benefits much faster.
- Hop in calls much faster: Unlike other apps, Zoom allows you to contact others via their mobile phone number. If your Remotasks team has become connected via mobile - especially if your team lives near each other - having Zoom as a way to reach members through calls is a nifty feature to keep everyone connected.
When you look at Facebook Messenger for the first time, it seems like a highly inappropriate place to conduct Remotasks meetings. After all, Messenger is usually counted in most workspaces as a “leisure” app and not something formally used in work contexts. However, in the context of Remotasks, Facebook Messenger may very well be a reliable connection tool or Remotaskers. Here are some things to consider:
- Expanded integrations: Unlike other apps, Facebook Messenger has the luxury of being connected to other apps under the Meta platform - such as Facebook, Instagram, Portal, and even the upcoming Oculus. Considering you most likely connected your Facebook to your Remotasks account, connecting with peers via Facebook can make meeting more accessible.
- Share files faster: If your team in Remotasks also need to get access to various documents and files, you can share them via Facebook Messenger much easily through drag-and-drop. This is a great way for hassle-free file sharing during quick meetings, as participants can access files much faster without having to click other buttons.
- Stream easily through Watch Together: Due to the community-focused nature of Facebook Messenger, your team has easy access to screensharing features. While Messenger Rooms has access to screenshares in desktop, Facebook Messenger allows you to screenshare on mobile. This is a godsend if you love doing your reports or your Remotasks projects outside the house, as you can create presentations with your mobile and share them seamlessly.
Connect With Your Teammates: Enjoy Remote Working As A Team!
WIth the above tools in mind, it’s important to realize that it’s perfectly possible to connect with your Remotasks teammates even if you live in different locations. And while there are a lot of communication tools available at your disposal, choosing the right software with the right features will be able to help you maximize your time together with your teammates. And remember, a lot of these tools are free to use - meaning you can enjoy their benefits without having to spend!