Tag Archives: Apps

Could remote working work for you?

remote-blog-headerLike it or lump it, remote working is having a moment right now. An outburst of cloud technologies and connectivity tools has made the ‘virtual team’ a reality, and we see workers from distant parts of the globe pulling together to meet common business goals. With more and more people opting to work from home or off-site, remote working is fast becoming a mainstay of the corporate domain.

According to the Office for National Statistics, the number of home workers in the UK has grown by 1.3 million since 1998, amounting to 13.9% of the nation’s workforce. While in the United States, Global Workplace Analytics reports that approximately 20–25% of workers operate remotely on some occasions, and 3.7 million people now work from home at least half the time.

The rise of remote working has become impossible to ignore. But, what makes it so popular?

Why work remotely?

remote-blog-img1
From an individual standpoint, the growing trend in remote working is undoubtedly positive, bringing greater flexibility in work hours, time saved on the daily commute and a better work-life balance. This is terrific news if you’re a parent juggling family responsibilities alongside a hefty workload. But what impact does it have on the average small to medium-sized enterprise? Quite a lot as it stands. Remote working can be a step in the right direction for many companies, offering a wealth of opportunities to cut costs while boosting the productivity of your team.

  • More talent – Remote working opens up a whole world of talent and you can hire the best and brightest people for the job, regardless of where they live.
  • Office savings – With fewer bods on-site, businesses can save on overheads such as rent, rates, lighting, heating, equipment and any other costs associated with running a physical workspace.
  • Enhanced productivity – Forget the idea that working from home equates to slacking off. In a recent survey by employee engagement firm TINYPulse, 91% of respondents said they were more productive when working remotely. When all that’s needed is a good internet connection, remote work makes it possible for people to choose when, where and how they work, so they’re motivated to hit maximum productivity.

Judging by these benefits, working remotely is working smartly and the traditional office may soon become a thing of the past. But it’s not all smooth sailing. For some organizations, the more flexibility that’s added, the more it can feel as if you’re losing control of your team. To get the most out of a remote workforce, you need a well-considered approach and the right tools for the job.

Here are 3 practical tips to make remote working work for you.

3 tips to make your remote team a success

1. Create connections

remote-blog-img2
Strong communication is vital for running a remote team, and in these digitally connected times there’s no reason why distance should pull people apart. Thanks to modern devices and apps, we no longer need to be sitting in the same room to touch base, share data or collaborate on projects. Whether your teammates choose to work from a home office, a local co-working space or a coffee house, make sure they have the communication tools they need to be productive.

With full mobility across multiple platforms – Windows, Mac OSX, iPhone and iPad – DropTask acts as a real-time communication channel for teams working online and easily overtakes email in the collaboration stakes. Project teams can target their interactions so that essential messages or files don’t get drowned in people’s inboxes, and individuals can quickly locate conversations without having to dig through an email chain that’s miles long. There’s no reason for freelancers and other ad-hoc workers to feel left out of team play either. They can stay in touch on the projects that concern them and keep close ties with the team from within one virtual workspace.

2. Fit in some Face-Time

remote-blog-img3
Encourage your distributed team to schedule frequent hangouts in their DropTask calendars – maybe weekly, fortnightly or monthly – so that everyone knows what the rest of the crew is working on and can offer each other support where needed. Regular video or phone conferences are great for connecting people and provide a valuable outlet for sharing issues or problems, ensuring no one in the team feels isolated or stuck. But remember that while technology is great, nothing beats face-time. It’s a fact that human beings work better together when they’re comfortable in each other’s company. Inviting your remote workers to ‘get personal’ via face-to-face meetings at the HQ or during fun, social activities will build camaraderie, and can make all the difference to team dynamics.

3. Keep tabs without losing trust

remote-blog-img4
One of the biggest fears among managers is that remote workers will ‘goof off’ if left to their own devices. This comes down to trust. Showing that you trust your virtual team is essential to making things work as it gives them the vote of confidence they need to be productive – but you still need to stay in the loop. Incessantly asking questions and checking up on people will only undermine trust, and so the best way to ensure people are doing what they’re supposed to is to keep a tight focus on results. Set concrete goals, deliverables and timelines, and if they aren’t met, follow up with your team members to find out why.

Using DropTask, you can track workflows and view progress across a remote team via an easy-to-read visual dashboard without having to constantly badger people for updates. There’s no need to stress about your team getting stuff done because you can easily keep tabs on what they’re up to, even when you’re on the go. DropTask’s phone, tablet and desktop apps all support offline capability, so changes are automatically synced whenever you’re out and about. By giving you ‘remote control’, DropTask is fully equipped to save your sanity as a manager and help you stay coordinated as a team, no matter where you all are.

Make DropTask your ‘virtual office’ and get the best out of your remote workforce. Available via the web and with native apps on Windows, Mac, Android, iPhone and iPad, it’s a multi-platform friendly tool for bringing your team together seamlessly. How do you make remote working work for you? Add your tips in the comments below.

Coming Soon: DropTask for Windows Desktop

win-dt-header

Last month saw the successful launch of our app for Mac desktop and since then, many of you have been eager for a Windows desktop app. Well, we’ve got some exciting news…Our development team have been working hard this spring to design and build a DropTask app suitable to download and install straight to your Windows desktop!

windows-app-offline

The new desktop app for Windows will deliver an all-around powerful experience, with instant access to your projects with just a click of a button – making it even quicker and easier than ever before to dive straight in and start getting things done!

What’s more, the app boasts offline capability, which gives you the freedom to continue making progress on projects regardless of Internet connection. Once you’re back online, any changes will seamlessly sync across all devices.

With just a few finishing touches left to be made, we want to make sure it runs just as we expect and gives our users the most seamless experience possible. That’s why we’ll soon be asking some of our lucky DropTask Tester Community members to take a first-look at the app in beta before its official release. If chosen as a beta tester, you will be able to have your say on what’s working well and also report any glitches so we can make important updates and fixes before its release. The feedback we receive from our beta testers is incredibly valuable to us as it helps shape the future of DropTask, so we’d really appreciate your help.

Want to get involved?

windows-app-mockup

If you would like the opportunity to test our upcoming app in beta, you’ll need to be part of our Tester Community which is exclusively available to DropTask PRO members only. Beta testing will open very soon, so stay tuned for the latest news and updates.

For more information on all of the other great benefits you’ll receive when you join DropTask PRO… 

click-here-btn

DropTask is now available to download on your Mac Desktop!

Header

DropTask for Mac has arrived!

Get started by downloading DropTask straight to your Mac desktop for free today:

Blue download button

If you’re not a Mac user don’t worry – our Windows desktop app will be coming soon! In the meantime, you can also sign up to DropTask for free via our Web, iPhone, iPad, or Android apps.


Do more on your desktop

DropTask’s engaging visual display gives people all around the world the motivation and encouragement to reach their goals – whether they be deadlines at work, personal errands, or that trip you’ve always wanted to take. When you download and install our app on your Mac desktop today you’ll be instantly equipped with the tools you need to plan, manage and take action…

Bring everything together

Mac desktop

From files to conversations – bring everything together in one collaborative workspace. With DropTask installed on your Mac you’ll gain instant access to all of your projects and will be able to stay in the loop with a visual notifications showing right on your desktop!


Keep your projects moving

Mac offline

With offline capability you can continue to delegate, update and complete tasks, safe in the knowledge that any changes will seamlessly sync across all devices once you’re back online.


Download DropTask for Mac today:

Blue download button

If you’re not a Mac user don’t worry – our  Windows desktop app will be coming soon! In the meantime, you can also sign up to DropTask for free via our Web, iPhone, iPad, or Android apps.

DropTask on Android – Available Now!

Header_v2

DropTask is now available to download on Android!

Google buton

It’s been a busy and exciting few months for us here at  DropTask, as we’ve been hard at work building and perfecting our Android app in order to bring you your projects no matter where you are. While on our mission, some of our PRO users were kind enough to help us out and test the Android app in beta before its official release. This is just some of what they had to say…

Having DropTask on my phone really increased my productivity when I was away from my desk. It also proved to be a great communication method for various functions and projects… The ability to do this while ‘in the field’ and away from my desk was both awesome and powerful. 

Stuart Long – Android Beta Tester

With DropTask on Android, you can take advantage of having your favourite features in your pocket, with the ability to attach files, assign tasks to friends and colleagues and set urgency and importance attributes to allow you to focus your attention where it’s needed most.  With all of this at your fingertips, you can look forward to a wonderfully fluid and flexible user experience that fits perfectly with your lifestyle. Managing your workload from your desk, in a meeting, or on your commute has never been easier…


Touch Screen Compatible

touch screenOur app is effortlessly suited for touch screen devices due to the fluid drag and drop nature of the tool. Using your fingers you can really experience the intuitive design of DropTask by zooming in and out, dragging and dropping, and swiping ’till your heart’s content.


No Connection? No Problem

When using DropTask on Android, you can choose to work on your projects both online or offlinework offline. If you do decide to work offline (or perhaps you’re travelling to your next meeting and don’t have a connection), then DropTask will automatically sync and update your changes once you’re back online. Now you can continue completing your tasks, safe in the knowledge that nothing will be missed and your progress will be updated.


Whatever, Whenever, Wherever

On the goIt’s been reported that the majority of us have 150 individual tasks, meetings, emails, routine items, and action points to take care of at any given time. Well, DropTask’s here to help. Gone are the days where you have to sit down, plug in and load up your PC to get things done. With our new Android app you can manage whatever you want, whenever you want, from wherever you are – giving you the complete flexibility to pick up where you left off.


Stay Connected With Your Team

Sometimes it can be difficult to keep up with what others within your team are doing –Featured_Image_v2 especially if you’re out on business and away from the office. Our Android app can ensure that you remain in the loop and stay connected with your team. With Native Notifications pushed straight to your device, you can monitor progress and feel assured that tasks are still being completed no matter where you are.


Seamlessly Sync

Devices-Android-Apple-DropTask-01DropTask is always at hand to help you power through your projects – no matter what device you’re using.

If you’re out in the field and making progress on your tasks using the Android app, you can pick up where you left off once you’re back in the office using your laptop, as DropTask seamlessly syncs your account across all devices.

Google buton

Visit the Google Play Store and download DropTask for free today.

 Want to know more? Click here for a tour. 

Not using Android? Don’t forget that DropTask is available to download on your iOS devices. Download for both the iPhone and iPad today.

The DropTask iPad App is now officially available!

droptask_ipad_email

Manage your workload in a meeting, on the move, or in your home – our newly released iPad App boasts fluidity & flexibility to suit your lifestyle.

Download_on_the_App_Store

 It provides me with the same functionality of the software when I am on the go, and in a way which is perfectly intuitive for the touch screen
Kempton Rees, App User

With the release of our iPhone app earlier this week, we’re pleased to announce that users can now install the new DropTask App on their iPads! With all of the productivity boosting features you can find in our web version (plus more!), our iPad App gives convenience to those who need to the freedom to manage their projects away from their desks.

Here’s some of what you can expect…

OfflineOffline Ability

No matter where you are in the world, with DropTask on your iPad you can manage projects in an instant. Upload files, add comments and create tasks – Everything will sync up once you’re back online.

 

All New ‘Inbox’ Feature

We know that things can get hectic when you’re on the move, so to help unload your worries, drop all of your all-important tasks into your new DropTask Inbox and feel secure knowing that they’re in a more productive environment to manage when you’re feeling ready.

Inbox iPad

A User Interface Suited To Your Device

When you use the app for the first time, you’ll see what we mean. With our new iPad app you’ll notice that you now have a new Project Sidebar which can hide to give you maximum use of the canvas space, and we’ve also made it as easy as possible to navigate around the app so your favourite features are only a finger swipe away.

iPad

 

 I’ve used the web version of DropTask for months now, and I love having the mobile version. I can update my tasks on the go, and whenever something pops in my head I just throw it at DropTask
TTimo, App User

 Download_on_the_App_Store