Remote Work Office Space

Parameters

Slack

Flock

Zoom

Skype

TalkSpirit

Microsoft Teams

Fleep

Compatibility

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Managing and Tracking Documents

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

Flexibility (Private Channels)

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Free of Cost

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes


When you're working remotely, you work from different places in the world, and the places you choose to work from are your virtual workspaces. When you work in such a way, syncing up with the team gets far more complicated, and communication gets sloppy and hard to control. To resolve the hindrances, you chat on Facebook, Skype, and sometimes on WhatsApp. But that may not be the right option for you. 

To integrate the coordination and communication while managing a remote team, you need to use the right communication tool, which can help reduce the disparities and support you to connect with your team to accomplish a common goal. Such tools make it easier for you to interact with virtual teams of employees and derive the same benefits as if you are sitting in the same workspace.

So, here we have listed the best communication tools for you, which will not only smoothen your work but will also bridge the gaps.



1. Slack

Slack is the most popular and used communication tool which features instant messaging, audio/video calls, file sharing, powerful search, and the largest number of integrations among competitors. For remote workers, Slack is like a virtual office as all the remote employees can connect and communicate with ease.

You can ask questions from each other, share files, compare notes, and updates. The tool also provides you certain perks such as -

  • A large number of integrations
  • A wide set of powerful features
  • Search within uploaded documents
  • Profound notification management
  • Highly customizable workspace

Capterra rating - 4.6

Pricing - Slack pricing starts at $6.67 per month, per user.



2. Flock

Flock is a team communication app that features instant messaging, built-in to-dos, multiple integrations, and polls. Audio and video calls are available via integration with Appear.in. 

The tool is quite affordable and has deep integration with Google Drive. Flock enables you to start a direct chat or group conversation with anyone, jump onto video calls with just a click. You can also share all types of files, and find them easily, invite guests to work with you, and share important news and updates with the entire team. 

Capterra rating - 4.5

Pricing - Pro Plan of Flock costs $4.5 per user per month.


3. Zoom

In a remote work culture, you need to do face to face business without being in the same workspace, or even the same country. Many tools do it, but Zoom is one of the ultimate communication tools as it has transformed how our business has done work with agencies and busy marketers in a remote world. 

The tool enables you to do higher levels of collaboration with teams, partners, and our family of customers. It offers impressive features in its free version, such as it supports video calls, conference calls, screen sharing ability to make recordings of video and screen shares, and more. Moreover, it supports the zoom app on your phone, so you can make a video call from wherever you are without having access to your laptop.

Zoom has a time limit per call, but the premium version of the tool removes that limit and allows you to use a green screen to record product demos or use it for conference calls and webinars.

Capterra rating - 4.6 

Pricing - The paid version of Zoom starts at the price of $18.00 per month.


Enhance Communication while working remotely


4. Skype for Business

Skype if the most used tool for communication as it enables you to connect with your coworkers and clients remotely through group video calls, screen sharing, and messaging. 

Using Skype as your communication tool grants you some advantages like it has powerful video/audio call functionality, provides you real-time collaboration for up to 250 people, integrations with Microsoft Office 365 apps, and gives you 1TB of storage. 

Capterra rating - 4.3

Pricing - Skype offers three different packages for its paid version -

  • Office 365 Business - $8.25 per month (suitable for businesses that need Office apps plus cloud file storage and sharing on PC, Mac, or mobile. Business emails are not included in this package.)
  • Office 365 Business Premium - $12.50 per month (suitable for businesses that need Office apps, business email, and other business services on PC, Mac, or mobile.
  • Office 365 Essentials - $5.00 per month ( suitable for businesses that need email and other business services on PC, Mac, or mobile. No desktop versions are included in this package.)

5. TalkSpirit

Talkspirit is a cloud-based tool that features discussion boards and allows you to chat, video conferencing, file sharing, activity feeds, and social-media tagging.

The tool is great to use as it enables you to chat with individual users or multiple team members, create group chat channels, share important documents, and broadcast information and announcements as news feed, just like other social networking channels.

If you're new to this tool, don't worry, you'll be quickly on board as it has a simple and intuitive interface. It also has a flexible white-labeling option for customizing the tool using your own brand colors and logo.

Capterra rating - 4.5

Pricing - The paid version of TalkSpirit costs for $4.47 per user, per month.


6. Microsoft Teams

Just like Skype, Microsoft Teams is a communication tool that is a part of the Office 365 package. It offers you various features such as instant chat, audio/video calls through Skype for Business, and useful integrations with Microsoft Office 365 tools.

The tool provides you the full integration across Office 365 apps, 1TB of cloud storage per user, and you can also get other Microsoft Office tools in a package. It has multiple chat rooms or channels that can be created within a team. If any documents, spreadsheets, or presentations are shared within a team, then they are synced with a copy stored in Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage and a local SharePoint environment. 

Capterra rating - 4.6

Pricing - The premium version of Microsoft Teams costs $12.50 per month.


7. Fleep

Just like skype or other communication tools, Fleep enables you to communicate with other Fleep users, or with any team on Fleep. It also gives you access to sending emails. A team created on Fleep is just like a private channel created on Slack. 

Through Appear.in integration, you can make audio and video calls to up to 8 people in a single call. The tool has a simple and clean interface and offers you unlimited message history and unlimited integrations and can send an email through the app. 

Capterra rating - 4.7

Pricing - The price of the paid version of Fleep starts at $6.00 per user, per month.


Communicate seamlessly in Remote Teams


Over to you

Are you not using these tools? Don’t wait just hook to any of them and ensure the smooth work in your remote team.

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