You use Google docs or Microsoft 365. Slack and Zoom are part of your vocabulary. Perhaps you have a favorite project-management platform. But with a hybrid team, you may want to consider revisiting or expanding the real-time collaboration tools that you use. 

First, there’s the fact that without a proper way to disseminate information, things will end up falling through the cracks or you’ll waste a lot of time going back and forth. Then, there’s visibility. In order for a hybrid team to thrive, transparency is crucial. And with people working asynchronously, a spreadsheet just won’t cut it for keeping everyone up to date with projects. Finally, things like approval processes and brainstorming can get clunky when done virtually without the right tools. 

To help you reduce friction and collaborate effectively with a hybrid workforce, here are 6 asynchronous communication tools to embrace with your distributed team. 

1. Ashore 

“Instead of scheduling an endless loop of meetings to give feedback, go over new changes, then give more feedback, real-time collaboration allows you to do those things in the moment. This doesn’t just save time, it prevents potentially detrimental miscommunications,” according to Cody Miles, founder and CEO of Ashore, an app that allows you to create proofing dashboards and review all sorts of file types in one place. 

With features like markup tools and contextual commenting, Ashore lets users tie their feedback to a specific place on a page. It also allows you to customize your review/approval workflows. “Automatic notifications and reminders, for example, help keep everyone on track, checklists ensure nothing slips through the cracks, and integrations improve efficiency, communication, file sharing, and streamline your collaborative process.” 

2. Loom

Loom makes asynchronous communication a breeze by offering a simple way to create quick video updates for your team and cut down on meeting time. 

You can capture your screen and record yourself on camera simultaneously, which allows you to explain things clearly and with visual breakdowns. To share the recording, you’ll just need to copy-paste a link – no account creation required for the recipients. 

3. Bondle 

Want a platform that allows you to store assets, sign documents, and manage relationships with both your team and clients in one place? Meet Bondle. Martin Luenendonk, an entrepreneur, startup enthusiast, and the co-founder of Founder Jar, uses it to run all operations. 

“As compared to internal collaboration tools such as Slack or Microsoft Teams, Bondle is a single tool that will help you collaborate internally and externally on one platform. The power of Bondle is apparent when you are dealing in a document- or task-intensive conversation with built-in folder structures,version control, document encryption and a task-management system,” he shares. 

The automated audit history also comes in handy in terms of governance and transparency, as every key activity is time-stamped. 

4. Miro 

Virtual brainstorming can sometimes get out of hand. Enter Miro, a virtual whiteboard that fuels your creative and strategic discussions. 

From sticky notes and drawing capabilities to flowcharts and mind-mapping features, the platform allows you to solve problems and design solutions as if you were meeting in person and using an actual whiteboard to support your conversation. 

5. Frameable Spaces 

Frameable Spaces was born out of the desire to create inspiring remote workplaces that go beyond Zoom, Teams, Slack, and other channels. 

The platform mimics the parts of the office that you actually miss: Culture building and spontaneous collaboration. Design a personalized visual replica of your office and glance across your workspace to see who is around or not. You can even see who is working on what at a given point in a time, which increases transparency, engagement and trust. 

Playful features such as shared playlists and personal project rooms make virtual interactions more pleasant. 

6. Hive 

Hive is a highly customizable project management platform made for hybrid teams. It allows you to centralize all information in one place – you can use over 1,000 integrations to create dashboards and help your team work more efficiently and make better decisions. 

It takes the guesswork out of managing complex projects with a hybrid workforce. From Gantt charts to Kanban boards and calendar project views, team members can easily visualize important tasks and actions and stay in the loop. The strength of the platform is its ability to meet a wide variety of needs – you can figure out unique ways to make the most of it.