Remote Collaboration Tools: Best Wrike Features for Teams

In recent years, workplace flexibility has become a priority for modern workers, who increasingly say they want better work-life balance and the freedom to manage their own schedules. A 2019 study conducted by Upwork projects that, by 2028, 73% of US teams will have full-time remote workers within their ranks. 

Remote collaboration tools, like the ones Wrike offer, bridge the gap between office-based and remote employees, empowering them with features that support highly-focused workflows. Similarly, teams who have gone fully remote in recent times face their own set of challenges around logistics and ease of collaboration. 

Wrike understands how these teams work. Many of our own colleagues work remotely and the majority of us are spread across six global offices. The need to work across many different cities and timezones is why we rely on Wrike’s features to accomplish our own work goals. 

Wrike was built to address the needs of these dynamic teams and our features are ideal for those looking to help employees succeed and adapt to remote work challenges.

Dynamic request forms 

According to a recent work report from Usefyi, communication is the number one challenge for fully remote workers. Wrike’s dynamic request forms help teams overcome communication hurdles by taking the guesswork out of requests.

We’ve all been in those meetings where hazily defined requests are made and given vague deadlines. By the time the meeting is over, it’s not even clear who is responsible for what and when. Wrike can help.

Manage work and request intake without ever stepping foot into a meeting room. Wrike’s request forms help teams receive and process requests from other departments, specify the work they need done, and easily assign them as tasks to team members.

dynamic request forms

Time tracking

Did you know that up to 15% of eligible consulting work is not billed to clients? 15% is no small amount and, unfortunately, ineffective time tracking can play a role in this. For smaller teams, leaving this kind of money on the table can mean missed goals and more.

Wrike’s time tracking tool helps teams efficiently log their hours, track task length, and ensure they’re monitoring and accurately billing for their valuable work.

Even if you’re not logging billable hours, tracking task length can help teams optimize productivity by revealing time-consuming activities that could be automated or templatized.

Custom workflows and statuses 

No two teams function exactly alike. Wrike’s customizable workflows and statuses allow teams to create and switch between specific workflows depending on how they move through the task and project life cycle.

For instance, you may be a part of a team that requires approval and review from multiple departments — content and design. Use Wrike to create a workflow that incorporates your approval processes.

Wrike’s custom and color-coded workflows are perfect for teams who need to collaborate effectively in order to get their best work done.

Spaces 

Wrike Spaces are different from folders and projects. Spaces are a centralized location where your department can share documents and assets, stay up to date on tasks and projects, and have the ultimate visibility into team efforts. 

Spaces help Wrike users ensure teams aren’t doubling up on tasks and assignments. It also provides a hub where users can easily access documentation without digging through old emails and Slack messages (we’ve all been down that productivity rabbit hole). 

And, for the super-organized among us, personal spaces are also a thing, so you can organize the documents and information critical to your work. 

Gantt charts and Kanban view 

How do you work best? If you’re a big picture team, visual tools like Gantt chart and Kanban give users a birds-eye view of their project lifecycles and priorities. Use Gantt charts to get an at-a-glance rundown on dependencies, scope, and potential bottlenecks.  

Agile teams gain major visibility with Kanban boards that help them sort and prioritize ongoing, planned, and completed work. 

custom workflows and statuses

Power your teams with Wrike’s remote collaboration tools 

At Wrike, we’re obsessed with improving the way you work. You may not have planned to become a full-time remote team this year, but there is little doubt that it’s the future of work. 

Wrike’s tools are built with flexible teams in mind, and they’re a better way to collaborate, stay focused, and get the job done. We’re committed to helping teams do just that as they navigate the challenges of connecting a newly-remote workforce.

Get started with your own free trial and begin using Wrike’s full suite of remote collaboration tools.

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