According to Spiceworks,
29% of IT pros are planning to improve their communication skills in 2017.
And collaboration tools are an effective way of communicating with colleagues in your office as well as those overseas. Trello, Yammer and Asana are just some of the tools which can help establish internal relationships, share ideas and work towards shared business goals.
There is an array of tools available on the market that can be customised to suit small to large businesses. Here, we look at the best free collaboration tools for business users. If we've missed one you use, let us know!
Read next: How to improve communication with your team.
June 22, 2017
Trello is a collaboration tool which can help users to prioritise tasks and manage workflows.
This collaboration tool enables users to track team workflows when working on big group projects or on-going work tasks. What’s more, it allows users to collaborate offline, great for those working remotely or those that travel often.
Trello lets its users post comments, add members and send attachments from Google Drive, Dropbox and mobile connected devices. This is great for building relationships, providing support to team members and improving overall performance.
The app features checklists, to-do lists and task sharing capabilities to ensure users can monitor team members and enhance project collaboration. Trello also offers customised workflows, task annotations and shareable content.
Yammer is an excellent collaboration tool for users wanting to create multiple group chats.
Its simple navigation allows users to attach images, post questions and schedule meetings, great for those with basic IT skills. This is great for sharing ideas, monitoring user workflows and seeking advice from peers.
2017 CIO 100 organisations including Centrica,
University of Cardiff and Centre Parcs have recently deployed Yammer to help ensure collaboration between teams. (See also: How 9 CIOs are using IoT).
The free tool has a profile feature which allows users to add their image, social accounts and skills set, enhancing the overall user experience.
Yammer is great for larger businesses with its directory feature, meaning users can add and collaborate with colleagues in other locations and departments.
6. Microsoft Teams
Available through the Office 365 service, Microsoft Teams allows users to create group channels based on work streams or topics.
Microsoft's free plan enables users to post questions, search chat histories and set up group chats which is great for scheduling meetings, monitoring workloads and providing overall support to team members.
It ensures security for its users with its sign-in authentication and customer support services which can help reduce the risk of identity theft and user access. What’s more, it sends notifications to ensure users are aware of group and individual activity.
Microsoft Teams has a hub feature which enables users to access their Sharepoint, OneNote and Skype accounts. This is great for establishing business relationships, creating to-do lists and encouraging ideas.
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