Teamwork During a Pandemic

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Teamwork

I’m always captivated when I hear stories about how, from 1941 – 1945, our entire country — men, women, and children — worked together towards a common goal: defeating a common enemy. That was true teamwork and I find it inspiring.

Is that what is happening now with this pandemic? I think so. With social media what it is today, we get to hear about and see all kinds of people pitching in to help the cause.

The pandemic is changing the world as we move forward. Here at The ANT Group, we were serendipitously prepared for social distancing as our workflow for the past nine years has been based on teamwork with remote team members. We’ve already worked through those growing pains and have become quite efficient. But we’ve been there — we know remote working a huge change for a many small businesses, especially having to figure it out so quickly.

Inspired by the teamwork of those both past and present, we have assembled a list of tools that The ANT Group has been using in its remote work environment that might be able to help your business, too. It’s just a small contribution to the global rush toward working in remote teams. Please tell us what you think!

Zoom

We switched from GoToMeeting to Zoom based on the cost and the higher video speed we found in Zoom. Other players in this arena are WebEx, Microsoft Teams, RingCentral, Google Hangouts and Skype. Here is a list for review!

Tonic Document Management

TonicDM is our file transfer and email organizational tool. Tonic allows us to transfer large files with ease. It also manages all files and emails by project; we love it.

OneDrive

We have been experimenting with OneDrive for a while. OneDrive’s ability to store data in one location and be able to work simultaneously with other members of our team has been a great way to avoid version conflicts.

Autodesk BIM 360

When we have a large project utilizing remote team members, we use BIM360 Design to maintain our central Revit files. Here is a bonus, Autodesk is offering BIM360 Design free through May 31, 2020.

Enscape

We are combining our Enscape models with Zoom Meetings and providing the client with the same experience as being in our office. Not to mention the fact that we can send the Enscape model via TonicDM or post it online for web browser-based viewing (not MS Edge though). Phil Read of Read|Thomas has been invaluable in getting us up and running here.

Revolution Design

The kind folks at Revolution Design have opened up their Cloud Services for free for the next few months to help those working remotely.
Enscape

The Phone

Yes, this little tool is still here and is now used more than ever. A few years back, I realized that I was too dependent on email and text messages. I have found that I am on the phone more often now, and communication is 110% better. The bottom line, while it takes two (or more) people to stop what they are doing, it is a much more efficient way of communicating/collaborating.

The ANT Group is lucky that, as a business, we were already using a lot of the collaboration technologies listed above, and we’re happy to share our insights and best practices with you. If you would like more information on how we are using these tools, please contact us at info@theantgroup.com, and we’d be happy to answer your questions at no charge, of course!