If you audibly sighed at these questions, then we’ve got the (free!) internal communications tools for you.
Our inboxes essentially define our professional existence, but let’s be honest: We spend entirely too much time sorting the useful from the extraneous. Besides, when you’re managing a project, email isn’t the most effective means of tracking progress or getting a quick response, anyhow.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
You need a tool to simplify and streamline internal communications—to cut clutter and track down missing messages quickly. But which is best? We don’t know, but you can decide. Here are three (free!) options and what we think:
On the boards, there are columns called “lists.” These lists are made up of individual “cards” that represent projects (or tasks) for the team. Let’s say “June Newsletter” is a card. On that card, you can set deadlines, write messages to team members, create shared checklists, upload attachments, take votes and more.
Also, you must be tidy: Boards become clunky if you don’t clear out old cards and manage your lists with regularity.
There are other (not necessarily free!) internal communications tools options to consider as well. These include Basecamp (a combination of the tools above, ideal for complicated projects) and Asana (same idea, but requires payment for teams larger than 15).
Ultimately, the right internal communications tool depends on your team and its responsibilities. If cutting email clutter and directing discussions are your main goals, think Slack or Yammer. But if you’re managing multiple messy projects, go Trello, Basecamp or Asana.
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