Meetings software, channel-based chat, cloud storage, planning tools: there is probably untapped potential in the software packages you already have. if not, many vendors are offering free access to their apps for up to three to six months during the pandemic.
Video conferencing and remote collaboration tools
As working from home becomes the norm during the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis, employees, colleagues and clients need online tools to to communicate effectively and collaborate remotely. This page collects ICAEW insights and externally-produced resources on the apps and software available and tips for best practice.
Has your team had to shift unexpectedly to home working as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic? If so, we have some Office tips and tricks to share for better remote collaboration, courtesy of Microsoft MVP David Benaim.
Choosing your platform
Companies that do not have the budget set aside for the move into video conferencing can now take advantage of free versions being offered in response to the coronavirus crisis. This article provides a handy round up of the premium tools being offered for free by the market leaders in video conferencing.
Many of the world's leading collaboration and video conferencing software providers are helping businesses meet the challenge of remote working by offering their products for free in response to the spread of the coronavirus.
A round up of the best audio and video conferencing software, covering both paid and free solutions for business. Includes pros and cons for each platform.
Guide from Poynter on recommended tools for communication, documentation and project management with a short review of each and information on pricing. The guide focuses on apps and services with simpler onboarding and ease of usability.
Guenaelle Watson of the 360 Workplace consultancy gives a two minute run-through of seven tips for holding better video meetings.
Harvard Business Review provide a 12 step guide to help you run virtual meetings more effectively, using basic meeting best practices and easy-to-use, inexpensive technology. Harvard Business Review has made all its coronavirus coverage free for readers and the full section of articles can be accessed through its Insights hub.
The coronavirus crisis has left many firms struggling to adapt to video conferencing, especially when it is combined withe challenge of whole teams now working remotely. Aliya Chaudhry provides a straightforward guide to the do’s and don’ts of video conferencing.
Handling client meetings remotely
This guide by the SCVO was intended to help voluntary sector organisations shift their service delivery into digital and remote channels, with many principles that would apply equally well to small businesses and practices. Further guidance at SCVO's Third Sector Information Hub.
Some practices may be looking to share screens with their clients and there are a range of remote desktop access solutions that can help, for example: