In light of the current Government restrictions and social distancing measures, many people are not only having to work from home when they haven't done so before, but they're also confined to said homes after working hours, which can bring many challenges...
Here at Boxx, we had already embedded a culture for home working but we're acutely aware that this isn't widespread and understand that not everyone will have the technology in place to do so effectively, nor be used to working alone and/or spending so much time at home.
Aside from the technology solutions to enable 'work' functionality such as receiving calls and accessing files or systems (which are outlined in our COVID-19 Toolkit), we asked our team to share their favourite FREE tools & apps they are using to help manage their home-working and new socially-distant lifestyles.
Our 5 favourite stay at home apps
Currently ranking #1 in the Apple App store, Zoom is a video conference tool offering 40 minute video calls on their FREE account. Just install the app on your phone or computer, share the join code and password with your friends, and off you go. Great for simply chatting with friends and family, but also perfect for hosting virtual pubs or playing old school games in this new virtual world.
Kast is similar to Netflix Party, but it allows you to share whatever is on your screen, including games, videos and more. The benefit of Kast is that it works on desktop as well as smartphones and tablets. In the absence of cinema visits and film nights, this is a fab, fun, way to group-watch your entertainment of choice.
Slack is a very useful collaborative messaging tool that offers conversation features including 1:1 video chat within their FREE plan or you can upgrade for additional functionality such as unlimited app intergrations, group video calls up to 15 people and screen sharing. This is a great tool to use for any meetings or group projects.
Togglis a time tracking tool that allows users to monitor the time they spend on projects and analyse the results for future productivity optimisation. The tool can be used on desktops, tablets, and smartphones but isn't just for work. It aims to stop you getting distracted... Another cat video anyone?!
Arguably the most important app for all of us during these worrying times is the COVID Symptom Tracker. Designed by doctors and scientists at King's College London, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals working in partnership with ZOE Global Ltd – a health science company, using this app to self-report daily, you're contributing to vital research on COVID-19 which will be used to study the symptoms of the virus and track how it spreads. the aim is to help slow the outbreak and identify those at risk sooner.
Hopefully these measures won't be here for long, but whilst they are we MUST adhere to them. We hope these suggestions help you along the way. Remember - Stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives!