Working from home is a trend that will extend beyond COVID-19, with rewards far exceeding drawbacks, as long as employee productivity is maintained.
Prior to Covid-19, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had one of the lowest remote work participation rates in the world. According to a 2019 survey by the International Workplace Group, 10% of workers in the country reported working from home one to two days per week, compared to a global average of 62%.
The Dubai Future Foundation predicts that remote working will be “the new norm” in the UAE in the long-term.
And for this to happen, one of the important factors to WFH effectively is to have robust apps. We look at the top 11 apps you indispensably need today.
1- Google Suite
Google Suite aka G-Suite is one of the best tools to work from home in the UAE. With G-Suite you can access applications such as Microsoft, Word, Excel, and Presentations using an online interface allowing multiple users to simultaneously work on the same document promoting efficient work techniques. Google Drive is also one of the most popular platforms for cloud storage. Calendar is designed to help you save time and be more productive while spending less effort in organizing and synchronizing your life.
BOTIM is one of the few internet calling apps approved in the UAE, can be accessed on smartphones, laptops, and desktop computers for HD video and voice calls to anyone in the UAE or even worldwide. It also has a feature to initiate a group chat with up to 500 people.
According to Venture Harbor, Zoom, which works for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android & web, offers a full suite of video conferencing and communication and file-sharing tools for businesses. Zoom Meetings & Chat offers video and voice calls for serious teams.
One of the most frustrating things about moving from office to home is managing passwords. LastPass stores all your passwords and even auto-fills for you when a registered login is prompted. The service utilizes AES 256-bit encryption, the same security banks use and works for IOS and Android.
Dropbox has long been the go-to app when you need to upload, transfer, and share files via the cloud. To support your remote office projects, Dropbox lets you back up and store photos, videos, documents, and other files to the cloud, and access files synced with any computer or mobile device, from anywhere. Works for both IOS and Android.
Toggl tracks your hours and manages your workflow. Such tracking lets you see how you spend your time and use that data to break down your hours by projects, clients, and tasks. You can start tracking your hours in a browser, then stop it on your phone with all data synced between your phone, desktop, and web.
7- 7-Minute Workout
The 7-Minute Workout makes sure you get up off your chair to stay fit, includes some of the best exercises for non-athletes, and allows you to do a quick 7-minute workout anytime, anywhere. The 7-minute workout consists of 12 exercises, done for 30 seconds a time, with 10-second breaks between each exercise. All you need is a chair and a wall. We also recommend the Nike Training Club app (available for both Android and iOS).
Trello provides a flexible framework with a series of boards, each with a collection of card-filled columns. And every card represents some sort of task—a single item, a checklist of multiple items, or even an image or attachment.
Trello has basically become the virtual assistant of the at-home office.
What makes Trello particularly powerful is its recently expanded Butler system, which allows you to create all sorts of time-saving automation.
For noisy kids at home, Brain.fm uses scientific data to create special sorts of music that supposedly have the ability to “remove distraction in sound” and “steer you into a desired mental state.”
The research is real. You can try Brain.fm for up to five sessions for free.
10- Super Auto Refresh Plus
Super Auto Refresh Plus prevents remote sign-in kick-out, when certain systems force-sign you out when you haven’t actively clicked any buttons after a set amount of time.
Inactivity can no longer sign you out and the software redirects you to its sign-in page, preventing you from losing all that work you did.
Add it into your browser, and select the option to refresh the page every 10 minutes.
11- Boomerang for Gmail
Boomerang for Gmail means you’ll never inadvertently fail to respond to an important email you sent and received no response to.
It lets you instruct a message to return to your inbox after a certain number of days only if it hasn’t received a reply.
Boomerang is free for up to 10 actions per month.