6 Founders Shared Work from Home Tools and Hacks used by them during Lockdown

Covid-19, which has shaken the whole world has brought everyone's life at halt. This highly contagious disease is spreading so fast that Indian Government has ordered 1.3 billion residents to stay home. In this lockdown period, all malls, theaters, companies, shops, restaurants, manufacturing units are shut. This will affect businesses and economy badly. Many companies have told their employees to work from home. But, its not possible for all companies like manufacturing units, theaters, malls to let their employees work from home.

People are also scared of going out. This coronavirus has made people's lifestyle slow and it will take time for everyone including companies to come back on track after this long period of lock down. COVID-19 has put slowdown to a business everywhere. Travel, Hotel, Events, and Entertainment are the sectors that are suffering. But on the other hand, other sectors such as eCommerce, EduTech have benefited immensely.

But, it's not easy for the company to let all employees to work from home. Company has to take permission from its client if employee can work on client's information at home. Companies need tools for it. Employees need laptop, a good internet connection, communication gear, work-related hardware & software. Of course, technology has made it easy as you can do everything online like meetings, attendance, etc. But, all companies have to make plans how they can make it operational.

We asked few companies about what tools and hack they are using to work from home.

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Work from Home Tools

AppViewX

AppViewX is a modular, low-code software application that enables Certificate Management as well as Network Infrastructure Automation and Orchestration using an intuitive, context-aware, visual workflow. We asked Anand Purusothaman, Founder, about tools and hacks they are using for work from home during lockdown.

We are using Slack and Zoom to stay connected with our teams. We have leveraged these tools from quite some time as it helps us get real-time updates from our teams and also have the much needed face time for virtually connected teams. Cloud based content and collaboration suites are also proving to be invaluable in these times. Our team is very familiar with these tools, so adapting to a completely virtual model was easy.

Creating a task list to plan your day effectively is key. When you are working from home, especially now when you have your family with you, there could be a lot of distractions. So planning your tasks ahead, scheduling recurring meetings on a calendar and keeping the communication channels open with your team goes a long way. These are simple to follow, but very effective.

LegalWiz.in

LegalWiz.in is focussed on helping early-stage startups and small businesses stay compliant and maintain legal hygiene while maintaining the highest transparency on deliverables. We asked Shrijay Sheth, Founder, about tools and hacks they are using for work from home during lockdown.

We are fortunate to be living in a networked world and each colleague is online - given the nature of our work at LegalWiz.in, we have not seen much disruption. Technology is a great boon.We leverage technology (skype, zoom, work-flow tools) and have conference calls as well.

The HSE protocols - Health, Safety & Environment. Taking care of one's Health, One's Safety and Environment. These basic few precautions can help to ensure good health and prevention of COVID 19

Primus Co-Work

Primus Co-work partners with restaurants ,that open only during the night, to convert them into co-working places from Mon-Fri/10am-6pm. We asked Shardul Bayas, Founder, about tools and hacks they are using for work from home during lockdown.

We are using Zoom conference calling and whatsapp. Create a daily ToDo list down the pyramid and ensure thorough followup to keep the team engaged and focused on work.

Mamaearth

Mamaearth is Asia’s first Madesafe certified brand that offers 100% toxin free & natural baby and mama care products. We talked with Ghazal Alagh, C0-founder, about tools and hacks they are using for work from home during lockdown.

Luckily, we’ve always incorporated digital workplace tools even when we weren’t working from home, so the transition wasn’t too hard. We have standard communication tools like Slack and Zoom in place, along with productivity and collaboration tools like Trello. Then there are, of course, the regular sharing and storage tools — GSuite being the big one.

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Excess2sell

Excess2sell is India’s Premier and leading b2b excess inventory marketplace which covers multiple verticals. We talked with Mr Rajan Sharma, Founder & CEO, about tools and hacks they are using for work from home during lockdown.

All our functions are equipped to work from home with complete backup in terms of hardware support, accesses to required data; and critical support to buyers and sellers as was available earlier.

We are using all technology tools like WhatsApp, Zoom and other apps to have team meetings/conferences with our employees. It is important to constantly keep in touch so that the team remains motivated and on the ball. Similarly we are encouraging our marketing team to engage with our customers on a regular basis to allay any fears or doubts they might harbour.

ZingHR

ZingHR is one of the oldest HRM providers. ZingHR is one of the few global ventures which offers almost all web/mobile-based modules from Hire to Retire Solutions with state of the art tech supporting those applications. We talked with Prasad Rajappan, Founder and CEO, about tools and hacks they are using for work from home during lockdown.

We are leveraging tools like Flock for our internal communication, What’s App, Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Go-to-meeting to make it work.

Schedule - Plan - Collaborate - Praise - Work Harder - Rinse Repeat

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