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Hybrid working: starting in the workplace
Hybrid working: starting in the workplace

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3.3 Tools of the trade

In the remote workplace, there are a number of tools you should be familiar with (from your studies, or perhaps you already use them at home), many of which have become a necessity in recent years. Figure 3 provides an overview of some of the tools available for organisations.

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Figure 3: Remote work tools (Yang, 2020)

Don’t be overwhelmed by the various programs and systems that help drive hybrid work, as you may be familiar with some of them already, and you are unlikely to need to use all of those shown in Figure 3. Many are fairly easy to get to grips with, so if you want to get a head start, many of the companies that developed them offer free access, user guides or tutorials on their websites; alternatively, you could search online for how-to videos.

However, it is important for you to understand the basic tools your new company uses. Do they have a workflow management system? How do they communicate? It could be useful to ask these questions before you start, as getting to grips with some of these programs could help you feel more comfortable in your new role.

Activity 7 Researching remote work tools

Timing: 20 minutes
  1. Examine the remote work tools figure above. How many of these do you know? Are any that you consider essential missing? Research some of the tools you may not have heard of.

  2. Read this article: Top 22 work from home tools to make your remote work life easy [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] (Kashyap, no date). How many of these work-from-home tools would be useful for the career you want to go into?