Search any stock imagery library by the keywords ‘remote working’ or ‘freelancing’ and you’ll be inundated with photos of beaming, beautiful people in equally beautiful places, almond milk lattes in hand and MacBook Airs precariously balanced on tanned thighs. If the #remotelife was this sweet, offices all over the world would have lay abandoned since the invention of wireless Internet!
While remote workers, or companies which promote a remote work culture, enjoy a host of perks; the most obvious con is pretty major: you can’t tap your favorite colleague on the shoulder when you just need them to check over an email real quick, or figure out how to recover that Excel sheet you accidentally deleted (we’ve all been there).
Apart from bucketloads of discipline and resourcefulness, remote working demands a surprising degree of forward-planning. You have to make things work like a well-oiled machine from a communications perspective, keeping availabilities, schedules, wi-fi signals, time-zones and much more in mind in order to hit optimal productivity.
If your tech stack doesn’t stack up, remote working won’t work for you. That’s why we decided to launch Bynder Remote Week in the first place—to test if we’ve got the digital tools to allow us to be productive, creative and engaged when we’re not all under the same roof. Only then can we consider ourselves a truly flexible and future-proof workplace.
The remote workforce is 3.7 million people strong and growing exponentially, which has led to the development of a slew of cloud-based tools to help far-flung teams collaborate. Whether you’re looking for reliable video calling, instant feedback on a draft blog or a real-time code editor… there’s an app for that.
Here’s our pick of the tech tools that make long-distance (working) relationships a success, some of which our team will be using during Bynder Remote Week: