Alexa Seleno
@alexaseleno

Effective Workplace Communication Tools

Communication is the way people build and maintain their relationships. It is a truth that applies to personal and workplace connections, and it is especially crucial during the pandemic when so many people feel disconnected.

Over the last few years, the rise of remote work makes developing your communication style and learning to connect via virtual means crucial.

What is a Communication Strategy?

A communication strategy is a plan for increasing internal communication in a company. It often includes the selection of tools to enable a strategic blend of verbal and nonverbal communication styles and outlining goals for a successful plan.

Using communication tactics in the workplace improves company knowledge, facilitates cross-departmental contact, and streamlines business operations.

It’s All About the Tools

Your team’s communication strategy is only as good as the tools it uses to keep your members in touch. With nearly 30% of US workers going remote in 2021, finding online ways of communication is of the utmost importance.

There are plenty of tools out there to keep your team moving like a well-oiled machine:

Slack

Slack bills itself as “a single place for messaging, tools and files.” This workplace communication application is an instant messaging system with many add-ons for various business tools. However, the add-ins aren’t required to use Slack because the core feature is to communicate with others.

In Slack, there are two communication options: channels which allow group chat and direct messaging for person-to-person chat. It also allows you to share files and make voice calls.

Why do people love it? Slack is easy to use, making even non-technical team members comfortable communicating virtually. It has a fun “feel” and can be customized to suit your preferences.

ThinkPod

ThinkPod is what happens when a psychotherapist and a data engineer decide to design a social media platform that focuses on bringing the fun back into the professional arena. It is a place where people can connect, collaborate on unique ideas, and let their creativity soar.

With the creation of Pods, workers can team up to tackle group projects or just discuss upcoming company needs. It is also an excellent place for finding new people — from across the globe — to add to the team.

Why do people love it? People love the ability to showcase their talents and the emphasis on keeping things authentic. Plus, it integrates seamlessly with their virtual Network Card, which retires boring business cards forever.

Trello

Trello is a project management program that allows you to track team efforts, highlight ongoing tasks, see who they’re allocated to, and measure progress toward completion.

Trello’s workflow visualization is based on Kanban project board concepts, giving managers and team members a clear perspective of a project from start to finish.

Why do people love it? Trello is very visual, which is a huge boon for many workers. It allows the entire team to follow the progress of a project, and communication can happen right on the board.

Zoom

Zoom is a cloud-based video communications platform that lets you set up virtual video and audio conferencing, webinars, live chats, screen-sharing, and other collaboration features.

Attending a Zoom conference does not require an account, and the platform is compatible with Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android, making it accessible to almost anybody.

Why do people love it? Zoom allows team members to communicate face to face, no matter where they are located physically. It is relatively simple to use, allowing the non-tech savvy members of your team to join without frustration.

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x

Charlie Davidson

Product Manager

While Charlie has only been in tech for just over a year, learning has been a lifelong passion. From cybersecurity to product ownership to software engineering, he leave's no stone unturned when it comes to the tech space (except sales, Charlie is not ideal at sales.) When he isn't working in tech, some of Charlie's passions include raising teenagers, dogs, developing his software engineering skills, and expanding his "tethics" network!

Ronny Diaz

Designer

During my years at university, I studied graphic design, but my innate curiosity with all aspects of art and designled me to complement my undergraduate degree with photography, illustration, and plastic arts as well. This well-rounded education has served me well when working with companies to create their brand identity. Now, my biggest challenge is creating a design here at Thinkpod that inspires you to make real connections and pursue your own creative endeavors.

Gabriela Diaz

Director of Operations

I was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela; from a very young age, I liked to have my things organized and planned; I could make a schedule of the games that I was going to play that day, you could say that a planning role was always in me. Life has led me to connect with people who have contributed to my personal and professional growth in one way or another. I am one of those individuals who think that life will take care of the rest when you do well and with good energy. I came to Thinkpod thanks to the connections I made in the work and personal world, which is why I trust this platform a lot and all the great things that people can achieve.

Aldair Diaz

Business Development Representative

I have always loved languages, Learning English has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. Being able to communicate with people from all around the world and understanding them is an amazing feeling. That's why I want to become a polyglot one day. So far I have been studying Japanese and looking forward to learning Portuguese! Working with different people as a Virtual Assistant has taught me so much about interactions and how important connections are. And it helped me to further develop skills like Social Media, Community Management, Content Creation, and Business Development. As a Virtual Assistant, I was able to meet Jess not realizing that it was the start of something incredible. When I heard about ThinkPod I thought it was a great idea to help people connect, collaborate and create. Networking is one of the most important things you can do nowadays. 失敗は成功のもと (Shippai wa seikoo no moto) "Failure teaches success"

Blake Bradford

Web Developer and Designer

As a self-taught developer, I’ve often struggled with finding a place to fit in. I began to learn programming as a hobby a couple years ago, and almost immediately found myself at a crossroads when I decided to make a career switch into full-time web development. I had volunteered as a developer on civic coding projects for about a year, but still found it difficult to get my foot in the door; too many entry-level positions require 2-3 years of professional experience and a computer science degree to be even considered for an interview! I’m thrilled to be a part of bringing ThinkPod to life, and to help other driven professionals with non-traditional backgrounds break through their own barriers to success.