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27 best remote work tools to boost team efficiency

26 best remote work tools to boost team efficiency

Most people got a first taste of remote work during the pandemic, but the trend of leaving the traditional office for the greener pastures of working from home is not a new one. 

Now, remote work is here to stay and more and more people are becoming remote workers, with companies adopting fully remote or hybrid working models. 

Building a remote or hybrid team means having to choose from a huge market of tools and apps. Luckily, that also means there are solutions to fit all remote teams, no matter what their needs and workflows are like. 

That’s why we created this mega-guide on remote work tools to help you pick the ones that are right for you. 

Disclaimer: The information below is accurate as of January 18th, 2023. 

Best remote work tools: comparison table with top features and use cases

We’ve got quite a few tools on this list, including:

  • Video conferencing tools

  • Remote collaboration + team building tools

  • Meeting management tools

  • Asynchronous team communication tools

  • Creative co-creation tools

  • Knowledge base tools

  • Task management tools

  • Transcription tools

Here’s an at-a-glance comparison table before we dive in.

Best remote work tools - table

See a specific tool that grabs your attention? You can read about it in more detail below. 

Video conferencing tools

In a traditional office, when team members need to discuss something, they usually book a meeting room. 

Remote teams, however, can’t do that. So, most people who work from home rely on video conferencing software to hold their meetings. 

Video conferencing tools allow remote team members to have virtual meetings hassle-free. Let’s look at what each has to offer to remote workers.

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1. Vowel

Vowel is a video-conferencing tool that does way more than your average video-conferencing tool. It turns your meetings into searchable, shareable knowledge, with built-in features for meeting preparation and follow-up.

Vowel homepage

As everyone who regularly runs video calls knows, showing up and talking is only a small part of it. For a virtual meeting to be productive, you need a meeting agenda, the ability to assign action items, and effective meeting notes and minutes.  

With Vowel, instead of relying on third-party apps and integrations, you get all the tools in one package. Built-in agendas, shared notes, action items, cloud recording, automatic transcription, summaries, and search make Vowel your one-stop shop for all meetings and meeting-related activities.

G2 Rating: 4.5/5

Top features:

  • Automatic meeting transcription in nine languages (and four English dialects)

  • Meeting collaboration features like shared agendas and notes, emoji reactions, and hand raises 

  • Clips and bookmarks to save important parts of the meeting 

  • Agenda timers and talk-time tracking to keep discussions on track

Pricing: Vowel’s Business Plan costs $16.49 per user per month (when paid annually), and lets you have unlimited meetings. You can also review and search through past meetings for as far back as you want. The Pro plan ($8.49/user/month) lets you search and review past meetings for up to 60 days. You can also try Vowel for free! 

2. Zoom

Zoom is a video-conferencing platform that exploded during the pandemic as companies and other institutions adjusted to remote work.

Zoom homepage

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With Zoom, you can hold virtual meetings with your team and virtual events like webinars and conferences. Zoom’s main strength is its large number of integrations through third-party apps and add-ons

Recently, Zoom has expanded its offerings to include:

  • Zoom Spaces, which adds conference-room functionality

  • Zoom Events for community events

  • Zoom Contact Center, a cloud-based customer support solution 

G2 Rating: 4.5/5

Top features:

  • Virtual meetings with live chats, and screen sharing

  • Online whiteboard

  • Zoom App Marketplace with hundreds of apps and integrations 

Pricing: With the Pro plan at $149.90 per user per year, you can hold meetings of up to 30 hours with up to 100 attendees. This plan also includes three virtual whiteboards. For $199.90 per user per year, you’ll get unlimited whiteboards and up to 300 attendees. Zoom also offers a free plan and an Enterprise option. 

3. Google Meet

Google Meet is a video call app that’s part of Google Workspace’s productivity suite (formerly known as G Suite).

Google Meet homepage

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As such, this app is best for teams that already use and pay for Google Workspace. But even if you don’t fully live in the Google ecosystem, Google Meet can still be useful for quick meetings. 

One of the biggest strengths of this video-conferencing platform is that pretty much everyone has a Google account, making it a good choice for meetings with outside stakeholders or potential clients. But it is on the more basic side. 

G2 Rating: 4.5/5

Top features:

  • Encrypted communication

  • Organizations on the Entreprise plan can livestream meetings to up to 100,000 viewers within their domain

  • Live captions to increase meeting accessibility 

Pricing: Google Meet is part of Google Workspace, so if you want the more advanced features in the paid plans, you’ll have to get a Workspace subscription. You can’t subscribe only to Google Meet; workspace subscriptions start at $6 per user per month for the Business Standard tier. 

4. Webex

Webex is a video call and team collaboration app from Cisco that dates back to 1995.

Webex homepage

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What does Webex offer today? Calls, meetings, messaging, and events through one app. 

Because of the breadth of what Webex covers (and its pricing), this tool is better suited to larger companies.

G2 Rating: 4.3/5

Top features:

  • Carrier-grade cloud phone system

  • Built-in internal and external messaging with file-sharing capabilities

  • Online whiteboard

Pricing: Webex pricing depends on the features you want to use. The app is offered either as a suite (meetings and calls), or with separate subscriptions for Meetings, Calling, Webinars, and Events. 

The Business plan for meetings and calling costs $25 per user per month. 

5. Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a team communication app that comes with the ability to have video and audio calls, as well as send and receive text messages. 

A screenshot of Microsoft Teams' homepage

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As a video-conferencing app, Teams offers built-in meeting recording, chat, and customizable backgrounds. 

In addition to hosting team meetings such as daily stand-ups, Microsoft Teams comes with support for events. You can host interactive meetings with up to 1,000 participants or broadcast your webinars to 10,000 people. 

G2 Rating: 4.3/5

Top features:

  • Built-in meeting recording

  • Live captions 

  • Speaker coach for presenters: interruption and pace notifications

Pricing: Microsoft Teams Essentials is available for $4 per user per month. You can have meetings with up to 300 participants for up to 30 hours. To get more advanced features like live captions, you’ll have to subscribe to Microsoft 365 Business Basic at $6 per user per month. 

6. RingCentral

RingCentral is an online communication platform that has phone, video, messaging, and fax capabilities. 

RingCentral homepage

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These features are unified in RingCentral MVP, which is a kind of platform called UCaaS (unified communications as a service). 

As a video-conferencing tool, RingCentral gives you HD video calls with up to 200 participants as well as the ability to hop on a video meeting from a phone call without having to switch apps. 

G2 Rating: 3.9/5

Top features:

  • Desktop-to-mobile switching (and vice-versa) without leaving the meeting

  • Screen sharing, whiteboard, annotations, and other team collaboration features

  • Agenda and file sharing 

Pricing: You can subscribe to RingCentral through the RingCentral MVP offering (which starts at $19.99 per user per month for the Essential tier), or you can choose to only subscribe to RingCentral Video for $11.99 per user per month. A free version of RingCentral Video exists and limits you to a maximum of 100 meeting participants.

Remote collaboration + team building tools

Team building, communication, and fostering teamwork and trust are hard to do even when everyone’s in the same room and collaborating offline.

Remote work comes with its own set of challenges on top of all that. 

That’s why it’s important to pick the right remote collaboration tools — here are some to consider.

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7. RemoteHQ

RemoteHQ is a remote collaboration app that lets team members work together on any website.

RemoteHQ homepage

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RemoteHQ is a shared web browser with features like annotation and live editing. It integrates with productivity-focused tools such as Google Drive, Github, Dropbox, Figma, and Trello. 

At its core, RemoteHQ is a replacement for screen sharing. Instead of relying on sharing your screen through video, you can work directly on different web pages with others. 

As such, this tool can be used for team collaboration sessions, as well as onboarding remote employees and product demos. 

G2 Rating: 4.6/5

Top features:

  • Co-browse any website with multiple people 

  • Built-in HD audio and video calls

  • Integrations with Slack, Webex, Zoom, and others 

Pricing: RemoteHQ starts at $15 per user per month for the Professional plan. This gets you 10 public collaboration rooms and 90 days of searchable history. For unlimited rooms and CRM integrations, it’s $30 per user per month. 

8. Tandem

Tandem is a team collaboration and communication platform built around the concept of a virtual office. 

Tandem homepage

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The idea is that through the many integrations available, you can see everyone’s status and get a feeling for what’s happening at the office (even if you’re not in a physical space).

You can have scheduled meetings or you can “wave” with one click to a coworker and have a spontaneous chat. 

G2 Rating: 4.6/5

Top features:

  • Wave and talk: quick one-on-one meetings where team members only need to wave to their coworkers in the chat to jump into a call with them

  • Meeting widgets such as agendas, polls, music, timers

  • Virtual office features: tables, rooms, and DJ for your teammates while working 

Pricing: For teams of 10 or fewer, there’s the appropriately named Small Teams plan, which costs $49 per month (or $499 if you choose yearly billing). The Medium Teams plan is $99 a month and supports 50 members, while the Large Teams plan is $399 per month and doesn’t have a member limit.

9. Gather

Gather is a virtual office and  team collaboration platform with a fun, simplistic 8-bit aesthetic, which is reminiscent of retro video games.

Gather homepage

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If most remote work software feels impersonal or corporate to you, the developers of Gather share that opinion. 

Video call fatigue is real, and one of the ways to solve it is to make meetings more interactive and fun. In Gather, you get a virtual Metaverse office with a design inspired by classic 8-bit video games. Think Legend of Zelda on the Nintendo or the recent retro hit Stardew Valley

You can design the office yourself, with tables and rooms and other accessories. Then your little virtual avatar walks around, talking to other people organically (via HD video and audio).

G2 Rating: 4.8/5

Top features:

  • Metaverse-inspired approach to virtual coworking 

  • Interactive objects including whiteboards, documents, and games

  • Virtual spaces can be personalized with customizable designs 

Pricing: If you’re a team with less than 25 users, you can use Gather for free. For larger teams, there’s a daily option, which costs $3 per day per user, or a monthly option at $7 per month. 

Meeting management tools

Productive meetings require work outside the meeting room. Someone needs to prepare the meeting agendas, think about the action items, populate to-do lists, and so on.

Vowel, which we saw a little further up, is a powerful meeting management tool that makes it easy for teams to keep their meetings organized and on track. Hosts can create and distribute agendas in the tool before a meeting, without having to create and share separate docs or use additional apps.

What’s more, attendees get instant access to meeting recaps with the meeting transcript attached. Downloads and waiting endless hours for a meeting host to share recordings are a thing of the past!

The following meeting management tools can also help streamline the process and make meeting preparation easier.

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10. Fellow

Fellow is a meeting management tool that can help you plan and document your meetings better. 

Fellow homepage

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Ask anyone who’s been working from home a lot and a common complaint is the number of pointless and unproductive meetings. To have meetings that aren’t a waste of time, you need at least a good meeting agenda. 

Fellow comes with meeting agenda templates for many occasions, as well as collaborative notes and action items.

After the meeting, you can share the notes in Slack or other instant messaging apps. For increased team accountability, you can push action items from Fellow to your project management software such as Jira.

G2 Rating: 4.7/5

Top features:

  • Meeting agenda templates

  • Collaborative notes 

  • Integrations with Slack, Zoom, and project tracking tools

Pricing: For teams of up to 10 people, Fellow is free. After that, it’s $6 per user per month.

11. Hypercontext

Hypercontext is a meeting management platform that focuses on making meeting agendas better.

Hypercontext homepage

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Hypercontext lets you use agenda templates, take collaborative notes, and assign action items.

This tool differs in the inclusion of AI-powered meeting insights that will suggest discussion topics based on input from your agendas and meeting notes. 

G2 Rating: 4.3/5

Top features:

  • Meeting agenda templates 

  • Post-meeting surveys  

  • AI-powered meeting insights

Pricing: You can try out Hypercontext for free, with unlimited team and one-on-one meetings. To unlock the more advanced features, like the AI conversation insights, you need the Pro tier, which costs $5.60 per user per month. Engagement reporting and goal setting are features you can get with the Business plan tier for $8.80 a month per user.

Asynchronous team communication tools

Are too many meetings getting you down? You should look into the rise of asynchronous communication

This is a kind of communication where there’s a written record and you don’t have to reply immediately. It’s great for people who work in different time zones and for communicating the kind of things that don’t require real-time conversations. 

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12. Slack

Slack is an instant messaging and communication app, used by many distributed teams worldwide. 

A screenshot of Slack's homepage

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Slack is user-friendly and lightweight and discussions in this app are organized around the concept of a channel, similar to the once-popular IRC chat rooms. A channel can be dedicated to a team, a project, or whatever other topic you want. 

Users can also exchange personal messages and Slack supports audio and video calls for synchronous communication. 

G2 Rating: 4.5/5

Top features:

  • Slack Connect to collaborate with people in other companies 

  • Huddles: instant communication with anyone present in a channel 

  • Integrations with Google Drive, Gmail, Zoom, Twitter, and many others

Pricing: Slack’s free plan gives teams access to one-to-one audio calls and only 90 days of chat history. Paid plans start at $6.75 per user per month. 

13. Twist

Twist is an async communication tool that features threads, channels, and personal messages. 

Twist homepage

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What makes Twist unique is the focus on features that enable deep work and improved work-life balance. 

For instance, you can’t see if people are online on Twist. You’re also encouraged to think about who to notify for each message (rather than doing it the standard @general way). 

Twist also borrows a lot from internet forums. Each conversation is a thread that can be referenced and linked to, which can help with onboarding and giving new team members context on old decisions.

G2 Rating: 3.9/5

Top features:

  • Threads to keep conversations organized 

  • Automatic message grouping in the inbox 

  • No online indicator to facilitate deep work

Pricing: Twist is free for one month, and after that, it costs $6 per month per user. 

14. Discord

Discord is a popular instant messaging app with social networking features, beloved by gamers and members of online fandoms.

Discord homepage

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How does it work as a business app? 

For team communication, Discord works similarly to Slack. You can dedicate channels to various topics such as teams, projects, or departments. Discord also supports group video and audio calling. 

However, the lack of end-to-end encryption and the convoluted Server Boost system for unlocking features like higher-quality audio mean that Discord is not very business-focused.

G2 Rating: N/A

Top features:

  • Group chat

  • Video and audio calls 

  • Android and iOSmobile apps

Pricing: Discord is free but for additional individual and server features you’ll need a Discord Nitro subscription, which costs either $4.99 for Nitro Basic or $9.99 for Nitro. 

Creative co-creation tools

In a traditional office, there are whiteboards for brainstorming and collaboration. Luckily remote workers don’t have to miss out on that as there are tools to replicate this virtually. 

And for those who do the creative heavy lifting, there are design apps with robust online collaboration features. 

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15. Figma

Figma is a design collaboration and whiteboarding tool that teams can use to brainstorm and workshop ideas. 

Figma homepage

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More specifically, Figma is a prototyping and wireframing tool that teams can use to design products and user interfaces, among other things.

Figma’s collaboration tool, FigJam, allows users to conduct online whiteboarding and engage in a collaborative design process. It can also be used to add more interactivity to virtual meetings. 

G2 Rating: 4.7/5

Top features:

  • Online whiteboard with sticky notes and diagrams

  • Live real-time collaboration

  • Interactive prototypes can be shared to gather feedback  

Pricing: Paid plans start at $12 per user per month for unlimited Figma files and version history in the Professional tier. More advanced features like single sign-on and private plug-ins cost $45 per user per month in the Organization plan. A limited free version is offered too.

16. MarkUp.io

MarkUp.io is a team collaboration app that lets you leave comments and feedback on any website or document. 

MarkUp homepage

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Teams that work on design projects together often rely on email to share feedback. This can be unwieldy, as members hunt through their inboxes and share files in different cloud storage systems. 

MarkUp changes this by gathering all feedback in one place. Webpages, or one of the 30 different supported file types (including PDF, DOCX, and PPT), can be turned into “MarkUps,” interactive workspaces where people can leave pixel-perfect annotations and comments. 

G2 Rating: 4.7/5

Top features:

  • Support for more than 30 file types

  • Pixel-perfect comments and annotations

  • Centralized feedback gathering and collaboration

Pricing: The Pro subscription costs $49 monthly and supports an unlimited number of users and MarkUps. You can also use the app for free with a limit of 10 MarkUps and 10 GB of cloud storage. 

17. Adobe XD

Adobe XD is a vector design tool used primarily for web and mobile applications. 

Adobe XD homepage

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Adobe XD (aka Adobe Experience Design) supports the Windows and Mac operating systems, and there are Android and iOS apps to help you preview your work on mobile devices. 

Teams that collaborate remotely will find the “Share mode” built into the app useful. With it, you can create shareable links to send to other team members or stakeholders.

G2 Rating: 4.3/5

Top features:

  • Wireframing and prototyping for web pages and mobile apps

  • Part of Adobe Creative Cloud 

  • Share mode for feedback 

Pricing: Adobe XD costs $9.99 per month. There’s a free version and a free trial. 

Knowledge base tools

Building a strong team culture and passing on knowledge is one of the most critical tasks for any company.

And it only gets more critical (and hard!) when you’re working remotely. 

Knowledge base tools let you centralize information in a searchable, easy-to-update way. This knowledge can then guide and inform decision-making or loop in new employees as to how things are done. 

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18. Slab

Slab is a knowledge management application that lets you create, share, and organize information in your organization. 

Slab homepage

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With Slab, you create documents using the built-in editor and then use tags and folders to organize them. The app goes a step further by letting you organize documents by topic; Slab Topics also provide context to make it easier for the reader to connect different pieces of information.

You can use Slab to share things like company policies, technical documentation, project roadmaps, and more. 

G2 Rating: 4.6/5

Top features:

  • Unified search pulls content from Slab and all the apps it integrates with 

  • Integration with Microsoft, Google, Slack, and many other apps

  • Slab Topics to organize content 

Pricing: Paid plans start at $6.67 per user per month in the Startup tier. A free plan is available with a limit of 10 users. 

19. Notion

Notion is a knowledge base platform that combines note-taking with project management tool capabilities. 

Notion homepage

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Notion accomplishes that by letting users add different “blocks” to their documents. These blocks can be tables, spreadsheets, kanban-style task cards, and more. 

There are a lot of different use cases for Notion based on how you combine the different blocks. The app offers templates to get you started. 

G2 Rating: 4.6/5

Top features:

  • Customizable to a large number of use cases  

  • Task-tracking features 

  • Templates to get users started 

Pricing: Paid plans start at $8 per user per month for the Plus tier. For larger companies, there’s the Business subscription at $15, which includes advanced page analytics and up to 250 guest users.

20. Confluence

Confluence is content management and collaboration software by Atlassian. 

Confluence homepage

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This app allows users to create, share, and work together on items, such as project plans and technical documents. 

Confluence also offers advanced features such as version control, commenting, and the ability to assign action items to specific team members.

G2 Rating: 4.1/5

Top features:

  • Collaborative content creation 

  • Version control and history tracking 

  • Integration with other Atlassian products such as Jira and Trello

Pricing: Up to 10 users can use Confluence for free. After that, the Standard tier is $5.75 per user per month. 

Task management tools

Whether you’re managing a team of remote workers or a small army of freelancers and contractors, effective time-tracking and task management are essential. 

The following platforms let you create projects, assign tasks (and subtasks) to individuals, and track execution to ensure accountability. 

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21. Asana

Asana is a project management tool that allows you to manage projects and tasks in a centralized location. 

Asana-homepage

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Available on the web and as a desktop and mobile app, Asana lets users create projects and then add tasks and subtasks. Each of these can have an assignee and a due date, as well as several other custom fields. 

You can view the pending and completed tasks on a list, a calendar, or as a kanban-style board. 

G2 Rating: 4.1/5

Top features:

  • Built-in calendar and timeline view

  • Customizable templates to make setting up new projects easier

  • Integrations with Salesforce, Google Drive, Microsoft Office, and others. 

Pricing: Paid plans start at $10.99 for the Premium plan, which comes with automation features and unlimited dashboards across multiple projects. The Business plan is $24.99 per user per month and comes with advanced features like project and portfolio views and advanced reporting.

22. Trello

Trello is a visual project management tool that uses a kanban-style board.  

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Each board in Trello represents a project and each “card” on a board is a task. Cards are arranged in piles going left to right, representing different stages of the task. 

Because of this, Trello is considered a very user-friendly way to manage tasks, especially suited to teams in non-technical fields. 

That said, Trello does come with advanced features such as a calendar view and a Gantt chart view through third-party apps.

G2 Rating: 4.4/5

Top features:

  • Multiple views: board, calendar, timeline 

  • Templates from Trello community 

  • No-code automation through Trello Butler

Pricing: The Standard plan costs $5 per user per month and comes with unlimited boards. For $10 in the Premium tier, you get additional views: calendar, timeline, table, dashboard, and map. The Enterprise plan is $17.50 per user per month.

23. Jira

Jira is a project management platform and issue-tracking system popular with software development teams. 

Jira homepage

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Jira is built on the principles of the Agile methodology and features elements such as user stories, issues, and tasks. 

Because of that, companies use Jira both for general agile project management and to track bugs and issues in their software. Another popular use case for this platform is managing user support tickets. 

G2 Rating: 4.2/5

Top features:

  • Scrum and kanban boards for agile project management

  • Roadmap view to visualize project progress

  • Drag-and-drop automation 

Pricing: The Standard plan costs $7.75 per user per month and the Premium plan is $15.25 per user per month. The Premium plan comes with advanced features like capacity planning and project archiving. 

24. Monday

Monday is another project management tool that lets you create projects and tasks. 

Monday homepage

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It comes equipped with the features you’d expect from a product of this type: visual project boards, kanban-style cards, dashboards, etc. 

What sets Monday apart from other products in its category is the focus on customization. Users can use a variety of elements including colors and embeddable images to fit each board to their specific needs. 

G2 Rating: 4.7/5

Top features:

  • Dashboards with real-time insight 

  • Knowledge base features with user-editable docs

  • Integrations with Outlook, Dropbox, Slack, and others. 

Pricing: The Basic plan costs $8 per user per month, the Standard plan is $10 and the Pro plan is $16. The timeline, calendar, and Gantt-view features are available in Standard and Pro plans. 

25. ClickUp

ClickUp is a project and task management tool. It comes with several workflow automation features that allow project managers to assign tasks automatically and update tasks statuses. 

ClickUp homepage

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Remote and hybrid teams can use the tool to chat with each other and keep track of tasks progress. 

G2 Rating: 4.7/5

Top features:

  • Integrations with a number of useful remote work tools, such as, Toggl to track time, Dropbox for file management, and YouTube for embedding interactive content, to mention a few

  • Whiteboards to enhance remote visual collaboration

  • Chat functionality for teams to communicate in real time

Pricing: ClickUp’s Unlimited plan costs $5 per member per month while its Business plan is at $12 per member per month and is better suited to mid-sized businesses. It also offers a Business Plus plan at $19 per member per month. ClickUp has a Free plan that’s best for personal use and an Enterprise plan. 

Transcription tools

Meetings are second nature for many remote teams. But what’s the point of having meetings if you can’t also have meeting minutes and notes that you can use afterward to move work forward?

To spare your schedule (and sanity!) the chore of manually transcribing or distilling the recordings, the best thing to do is rely on automated transcription. 

(Note that some video conferencing tools, like Vowel, have built-in meeting transcription, which means that you have your meetings and get transcriptions of them automatically – without having to use another tool!). 

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26. Grain

Grain is an automated transcription tool aimed at capturing insight from customer meetings. 

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Grain integrates with Zoom, MS Teams, and Google Meet. It combines recording and transcription with built-in editing tools so you can easily create clips of important moments to share with the rest of your team. 

Or, in the case of customer interviews, to create compelling and engaging user stories. 

G2 Rating: 4.6/5

Top features:

  • Combines recording and transcription

  • Connects to popular video chat platforms: MS Teams, Zoom, and Google Meet

  • Supports English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian, Dutch, Italian, and Turkish

Pricing: The Business plan costs $19 per user per month and comes with highlight reels and a custom vocabulary. The free version comes with unlimited meetings, but with a limit of 100 recordings and transcripts per month.

27. Otter.ai

Otter.ai is an automated transcription service that can record meetings and create instant notes.

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Otter connects to Zoom, MS Teams, and Google Meet. The platform comes with AI-enabled features such as speaker identification and an automatic summary of the transcript. 

A unique feature of Otter is the Otter Assistant that you can send into a meeting you can’t attend. It will create a transcription and send it to you (note: this tool does not record video). 

G2 Rating: 4.1/5

Top features:

  • Record and transcribe meetings with one app

  • Otter Assistant joins meetings when you’re double-booked

  • Automatic meeting summary 

Pricing: Paid plans start at $8.33 per user per month for the Pro subscription, which lets you import audio and video files into Otter and transcribe them. The Team plan costs $20 and adds a shared custom vocabulary and the ability to assign action items.

Create a better remote work culture with smart tools

To make the most of working remotely, you need a lot of different tools to power collaboration, teamwork, and accountability — and to foster a strong company culture. But all those monthly and yearly subscriptions sure do add up. 

That means it’s a good idea to get the most functionality out of one platform. For example, Vowel isn’t just a video conferencing tool. It also comes with built-in meeting management features, such as meeting agendas and meeting recording and transcription. You can also use Vowel to keep track of open tasks by assigning action items. 

You can even use it for asynchronous work by recording videos in your personal room that others can watch on their own time, or clipping parts of meetings to send teammates for context. All these features (and more!) are there to make remote team collaboration better.  

And finally, Vowel turns all of your meetings into a searchable knowledge repository. Search across all your meetings as you would Slack or email, and find exactly the information you’re looking for. Easy!

Keyword search in Vowel

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. What are remote work tools?

Remote work tools are the software and apps that make remote work possible. They include project management apps, video meeting platforms, collaborative design tools, and whatever else your remote team needs to be productive.

Q2. What are the benefits of remote work tools?

With remote work tools, you get to be more productive and efficient because you can streamline processes, save time, and get more accountability out of your team members. 

Q3. What kind of tools do I need to work better remotely?

At the very least you’ll need a communication tool (Slack, MS Teams), a task management app (Asana, Monday, Trello, Notion), and a video conferencing platform (Vowel, Google Meet, Zoom). Beyond that, you might want to include time-tracking tools and whatever else your team needs to achieve their goals, such as design, writing, or coding apps.