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Work management platform Kantree extends its free trial to 90 days to support remote teams during the outbreak of COVID-19


PARIS, March 27, 2020: The development team of Kantree by Digicoop has announced the extension of its 30-day free trial to 90 days, in an effort to support businesses moving to remote work during the COVID-19 epidemic.

In addition to the standard 30-day trial period, Kantree is offering an extra two months of free use, without any limitations, to all new customers who request the extension online by April 30, 2020.

“As a remote-first team, we believe that remote work is the future, but realize that it can be a challenge for companies who are new to it,” says Mr. Bouroumeau- Fuseau, co-founder of Digicoop and developer at Kantree. “Thanks to our platform, thousands of people already work remotely. We help them change work practices and provide long-term support, driven by our cooperative values. The trial extension is our gesture of solidarity towards the business community during this global crisis.”

Kantree allows teams across departments to keep track of communication, know who is working on what at all times, and easily plan upcoming projects. All this can be done 100% remotely, on any device. Kantree replaces documents and gathers information from emails, Excel and Word in one place. The flexible and easy to use platform can be used across departments (sales, marketing, finance, business development, HR, IT etc.) and is as a mix between Trello and Airtable.

With more than 12,000 users, Kantree has been trusted by major enterprise customers in Europe and beyond, such as Orange or Thales Digital Factory in France. After nearly five years in operation, the company continues to expand internationally.

About Digicoop & Kantree 

Digicoop, the company behind Kantree, was founded in France in late 2015 by a team of engineers fed up with the tools available in their former jobs. Rather than yet another cookie-cutter tool, they wanted one that would allow any other teams to get organized in their own way. Pushing their thinking further, they realized that making self-organizing businesses work required shared ownership, transparency and trust. For this reason, they decided to create one of the first employee-owned (co-op) startups.

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Sudden Shift to Remote Work Increases Demand for Sales Productivity Software


New York, NY – The effects of Coronavirus are hitting hard around the globe, with many companies telling their workforce to “stay home”. Yet, as more workers operate remotely, many large companies are finding it difficult to keep up morale and productivity.
We’re being forced into the world’s largest work-from-home experiment and, so far, it hasn’t been easy for a lot of organizations to implement,” said Saikat Chatterjee, Senior Director, Advisory at Gartner, in a recently published report.

Ignite Remote Team Performance
Following the recent shift to remote work for most companies, there has also been a significant uplift in demand for productivity management software. Looking for a way to keep remote teams motivated and productive, many enterprise companies are turning to SaaS platforms that can help build more pipeline and drive more revenue producing activity. SalesScreen has seen a 400% increase in

inbound leads just this week.
“The battle to balance the demands of maintaining workplace productivity remotely while simultaneously igniting teams to peak performance makes SalesScreen uniquely poised to help companies handle this current challenge,” said Frank Matticola, Chief Revenue Officer, SalesScreen. “We believe that technology which enables remote work models can empower companies to maintain momentum during this challenging time and leverage their skills to unlock innovation, engage customers and move their businesses forward.”

There’s a lot that companies can do these days to bring their workforce together, including running fun sales competitions, celebrating achievements openly and collaborating more efficiently throughout the sales process.

Results-Driven Performance
“Recently, a top 3 global software company looking for a way to dramatically improve productivity has turned to SalesScreen. They wanted to positively encourage more outreach, measured in terms of more meetings that would drive more revenue.” Mentioned Sindre Haaland, CEO of SaleSScreen. “After implementing the system, they saw a 76% increase in meeting activity, and as measured in a user survey also drove significant team engagements and culture improvements (Employee survey drove an average of 9.1 rating on a scale of 10 – 10 being best, in a 10 question survey). We believe that this type of performance uplift is essential to companies who may be questioning whether they can hit their revenue goals.”

As employees settle in to new remote working routines for the foreseeable future, it will be imperative that companies find solutions that allow them to increase the engagement and visibility of their teams to boost their productivity from anywhere. We see that SalesScreen is helping teams do exactly that.

About SalesScreen
SalesScreen is a sales performance software that uses visualization and gamification to help organizations build happier, more productive workplaces. SalesScreen brings your data into one place, integrates with your existing CRM and makes daily work-life collaborative and exciting through peer-to-peer recognition and competitions.
https://www.salesscreen.com/

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Experts warn coronavirus remote working may impact employee wellbeing

 13th March 2020…With an increasing number of UK employers joining Google and Amazon in restricting travel and requesting remote working, British businesses need to get prepared or brace themselves for a potentially significant impact on employee wellbeing.

Remote working isn’t always as Instagram-worthy as it may seem. A global survey last year found that many remote workers struggle with unplugging from their work (22%), loneliness (19%) and communicating (17%)[1]. Another study in 2017 found that 41% of remote workers reported high stress levels, compared to just 25% of office workers.[2]

Business culture and remote working expert, Jane Sparrow, says “a little bit like when it snows, the first day or two of homeworking can feel quite fun – it’s different, you don’t have to get up as early, there’s no morning commute – but then the reality sets in and it can become a real challenge for people.

“If you’re used to seeing your colleagues or customers every day, feelings of isolation can creep in remarkably quickly. This new remote working environment can also affect focus, a sense of team and creativity. It’s not something that is often talked about but if we are to help our teams stay healthy, happy and ultimately productive, we have to recognise and manage the high stress environment that remote working can create for many people.”

Jane is founder and director at The Culture Builders who have been supporting China and Hong Kong based, global luxury fashion, beauty and lifestyle retailer, Lane Crawford, through the eye of the Coronavirus storm.

Andrew Keith, the company’s president, says “it’s hard to articulate the array of unprecedented challenges this situation has presented but at the heart of our response has been supporting people and keeping them connected – to each other and the organisation.

“We’ve been developing people managers on how to support their remote teams, providing daily top tips and inspiration to keep people motivated and working intensively with the top team on role modelling essential behaviours for effective virtual working. I started a VLOG a number of months ago to have an emotional and direct connection with every one of my people, during such a difficult time, which has had a huge positive impact.”

With millions of UK employees already working from home and millions more expected to follow, the challenge is on for businesses to keep their people positive, connected and productive. The Chancellor may have announced a £30bn package to “keep this country and our people healthy”, but the onus is just as much on employers to ensure their people are supported.

Jane Sparrow says, “There are so many benefits of remote working, for both people and business spanning wellbeing, productivity and the environment. A possible upside of this whole situation is that it may prove the case for more flexible working within companies who have  been slow to adopt it.

“However, many leaders, teams and companies come at remote working assuming that people will just do it well or adapt easily to it, if it’s new for them. The other thing we see a lot is businesses putting in a new or enhanced virtual working tool – and considering the job done.

“We need to remember that we’re all human – and so dropping people into a totally different way of working with just a new video communication platform – it doesn’t work. We have to think about how we keep people feeling connected, that they’re still part of a team and that there’s still a strong support network in place. On the topic of connection, we’ve been going to Lane Crawford’s virtual gin dens!”

JANE’S TOP TEN TIPS FOR EFFECTIVE REMOTE WORKING

  1. Don’t focus on tools alone

With video communication, webcasting, messaging platforms and more, the tech is there to make this work. But attitudes and behaviours are just as vital for a productive remote team.

  1. Create a third place

There’s the office, there’s home and then there’s the virtual third place. Agree as a team how you’ll behave there for virtual collaboration success e.g. it’s acceptable to send a quick message to say “I’ll call you back” if you’re deep in focus.

  1. Ensure social continuity

When we work remotely, our exchanges become more formal and task focused. Pick up the phone, or ping a message, just to see how someone else’s day is going. Virtual team check ins at the start and end of each day replicate the usual social greetings and create connection.

  1. Adapt working structures

What works in the office may not remotely. Instead of lengthy meetings, have short virtual huddles with a strong chair so people don’t get lost because they’re not physically visible. Apply this thinking to team resourcing, scheduling and action planning.

  1. How are we feeling?

Keeping in tune with how teams are feeling is even more critical when they’re remote – have five minutes on the start of every virtual meeting to say hello properly and see how people are.

  1. Help people to manage distraction

Distractions are the biggest reason why many people say homeworking wouldn’t work for them. Get your leaders to talk openly with people about how they’re managing theirs – specific break times are a good start!

  1. Say thank you more

We have a human need to feel valued and when we work remotely the opportunities for this diminish. Make sure your business is seeking out and actively sharing success and your managers are dialing up the appreciation.

  1. Energising – your way

What gives us energy is different for everyone but your people need to work it out fast for success. A tried and tested formula is breaks + movement + fresh air (every so often). Plus avoiding the lure of the biscuit cupboard with healthy snacks instead.

  1. Walk the virtual walk

There’s a critical role for leaders and managers to connect, support, coach and role model. Task your managers with choosing two different people to call each day for a 10 minute check in.

  1. Be realistic and honest

If schools and nurseries close, the impact on how we are able to work will be even greater. Businesses will need to respond quickly and empathetically – leaders being open and honest about their own working patterns (and limitations) can really set the tone.

For more thinking and top tips on effective remote working subscribe to The Culture Builders podcast.

About Jane Sparrow

Jane is an organisational culture expert, published author, expert facilitator, performance coach, impactful speaker and global commentator. She has worked with businesses across the world, including Centrica, UKTV, Sony, Lane Crawford, Dyson, HSBC, Rugby Premiership and Sky, to create and sustain high performance cultures.

About The Culture Builders

The Culture Builders is a UK-based consultancy that works globally and specialises in building high performance teams and workplaces. Their client list includes global corporates, UK NGO & Government organisations, NHS trusts, charities and SME including Sony, NTT Security, Dyson, The Government Office, BBC and Arqiva. The Culture Builders is a carbon-neutral company.

For further information visit theculturebuilders.com[1] 2019, Global Survey, Buffer –  https://buffer.com/state-of-remote-work-2019

[2] 2017 United Nations report – http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/—dgreports/—dcomm/—publ/documents/publication/wcms_544138.pdf

Photo caption – Remote workers can quickly feel isolated, distracted and lonely” says business culture and remote working expert, Jane Sparrow.

Photo credit – remote working stress by Anton Korobkov, Shutterstock

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