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10 Ways to Stay Connected While Working From Home

10 Ways to Stay Connected While Working From Home10 Ways to Stay Connected While Working From Home

Working from home for an extended period of time can be a difficult adjustment, regardless of whether you’re a team of one or one hundred. Without that in-office face time, it’s natural to feel disconnected and isolated from your colleagues. If your team is working remotely it’s important to stay connected to promote productivity and continue collaboration. Beautiful.ai can help you be efficient and plug-in with coworkers while everyone is working from home. 

Here are 10 easy ways to keep your remote teams feeling connected.  

1. Create a Team from any Basic or Pro plan

Just because you’re out of the office doesn’t mean you can’t work together. Create a team in Beautiful.ai for better organization, seamless sharing, and easy collaboration for your whole team regardless of where they are located.

Pro Tip: One easy payment covers all team members’ subscriptions.

2. Sharing made simple

Secured sharing is key. Share your presentation through an email, link, or embed on a website all while controlling who has access to your presentation with our customized privacy settings.

Pro Tip: No registration required for users to view your presentation.

3. Create an end of week report presentation

Keep your coworkers and boss in the know with a status update presentation template. Share your presentation with your team at the end of each week so everyone is on the same page with projects and deadlines. 

Pro Tip: Use our Timeline slide to show historical progress and upcoming project milestones.

4. Create a presentation fast and present in PowerPoint

Even from home, your company’s presentation ecosystem may still be based in PowerPoint. You can save time designing your presentation in Beautiful.ai, and now you can export and edit in PowerPoint. 

Pro Tip: Building presentations in Beautiful.ai saves up to 75% design time.

5. Create a Gantt Chart to document project milestones

When you’re working from home, projects can start to feel siloed with unspoken timelines and agendas. To help ensure everyone is in the know of what’s in the pipeline, create a Gantt chart to share project milestones and management. 

Pro Tip: Change the colors of each bar to group them together. Each color may represent a different team responsible for the task, or a different project. 

6. Create a virtual water-cooler 

Use a Slack channel to create a virtual water-cooler so that teams can still connect the way they would in the office while working remotely. This channel should be a space where teams can chat about an article or project they’re excited about, a lunch they loved, and everything in between. 

Pro Tip: Try a virtual happy hour on Friday afternoon (BYOB).

7. Fewer emails, more face time

Ditch the lengthy email chains and use Zoom or Google Hangouts for video conferencing instead. The extra face time will help you to feel more connected from afar.

Pro Tip: Show your coworkers your “new” workspace (in-home office, kitchen table, couch, etc.) before the meeting starts.

8. Be proactive by scheduling 1:1s

Your standing meetings still stand. Don’t cancel your 1:1s just because you’re out of the office. Make a point to catch up with your coworkers (and boss) on a weekly basis. Check out our Team Stand Up Template here.

Pro Tip: Use our Flowchart or Process Diagram to reflect project milestones and track progress.

9. Learn a new skill that will help you advance your career

Self-motivation will make or break you while working remotely. Make an effort to learn a new skill that will help you advance your career.

Pro Tip: This is a great time to brush up on your presentation skills. Check out 7 Tips for Successful Public Speaking.

10. Track the effectiveness of your presentations

See who is viewing your presentation and which pages are most impactful with the Analytics feature in our Pro plan. This will help ensure your communication efforts are effective and efficient, which is especially important while remote. 

Pro Tip: Upgrade to Pro to unlock more features. 

Jordan Turner

Jordan Turner

Jordan is a Bay Area writer, social media manager, and successful blogger. Check out TheOceanMinded.com or find her on Instagram @theoceanminded.