The benefits of using Internet technology are numerous, but one of the most beneficial has been the creation of online tools that enable managers to work better with their staff members. It doesn’t matter whether staff members are across the room, across the country, or around the world. And in terms of the price for accomplishing all of this, how do you beat free? Here is just a sample.
Although most people consider Skype for grandparents wanting to keep track of their tikes comings and goings, it’s also excellent for face-to-face interactions. Skype only allows two people to talk, but Skype Premium can enable up to 10 people to have unlimited contact time for less than £3 / $5 a month.
If you would like to be able to share documents with anyone worldwide via the Cloud, Dropbox will let you do just that. Dropbox lets you deposit files in your account for retrieval by someone else whenever they choose. Best yet, it’s free up to 3GB of storage space. Not enough? Dropbox’s 50GB plan is available for only £60 / $99 per year. And if even that isn’t enough, larger plans are available.
Google Calendar not only has a multitude of uses, but it’s free. With Google Calendar, not only can you create and use your calendar wherever you are, but you can also share it with whomever you wish at any time. Google Calendar will keep you from ever missing another event or deadline again. You can work offline with it as much as you wish, and send invitations and track RSVPs anytime and as much as you wish. If you are looking for a more comprehensive solution to tracking time, billing, holidays, etc. then you might be interested in something designed for the task such as Carval’s payroll services tool.
If you have entirely too much going on, too many documents that have to be kept track of, and people to share everything with, Basecamp might be just the solution for you. For a base price of £13 / $20 per month, Basecamp can not only keep track of all your projects, but it can share everything about what you are doing with whomever you choose. Try losing track of that.
Can you imagine the countless hours you have taken keeping track of expenses and the receipts for them? How many reports have you had to submit that didn’t have all of the expenses that you were entitled to simply because you couldn’t find all of the paper receipts you had collected? Making matters worse, gathering all of those paper receipts was probably something you did while on an airplane or in a hotel room when you had a minute to do it. for 50 docs a month its 9.95, 29.95 is 150 docs. 49.95 is 500 docs, 99.95 is 1000 docs
If twitter is for those who want to “Tweet” to the world, what do you use if you only want to “Tweet” to your employees? Yammer. Yammer is a private social network that allows you to collaborate securely across departments, geographies, content and business applications.
Technology is one of those things that is easy to become overwhelmed with it. Fortunately, if you keep your goals in mind when searching for the technology that you think will help you without becoming the point in itself, you will remain the master, and it the slave.