21 Simple Team Productivity Tools for 2021

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Personal productivity is a huge talking point, one where people share their daily schedules, morning routines, time blocking habits, and more. Friday loves that too, but we also love teams and workplace productivity. Because what if you could make each person on your team a bit more productive--that would have incredible exponential gains!

This means letting go, delegating, and focusing on the metrics that really make an impact. It means support for the team instead of micromanagement. 

We believe this is possible and achievable. This list will provide you with a group of productivity tools that you can implement with your team for more productivity, not just individual successes. 

Updates and Stand-ups

1. Friday

How can you keep up with your remote team, even if you’re not working in the same place or at the same time? Friday automates status updates, provides routines and check-ins, and helps teams feel connected while avoiding another meeting. Your team will have a solution that they love to use, while also integrating with your specific tech stack, including team communication, calendars and project management tools. 

Daily planner

Best Features

  • Planner: Start your day knowing exactly what you need to accomplish. Combine all of your calendars, integrate your project management software, add your must-do tasks, and know what your day looks like. 
  • Automated Work Routines and Stand-Ups: Automate your daily stand-ups and status updates with Friday. Ask questions to your teams, provide weekly CEO updates, and know what your team’s priorities are for the week.  
  • Power-Ups: Say thanks, track goals, offer ideas for improvement, and connect with icebreaker questions. Power-ups boost your workday to help stay on track--both personally and professionally. 

"Friday has proven to be a very simply and effective tool to boost employee engagement, alignment and recognition in my team." -- Charlie Coombs, GM at Maersk Shipping

Pricing:

Free: Planner, Unlimited routines, Unlimited users, 21-day response history

Pro $6 per month/person : Planner, Unlimited response history, Reporting, Goals, Teams

Enterprise: Roles / permissions, API access, Unlimited teams

2. 15five

15Five is one of the leading performance platforms that aims to upgrade your managers' workflows. By combining employee engagement, continuous performance management, and manager effectiveness software with education, services, and community, 15Five provides a holistic solution to help create engagement and boost performance. 

Best Features 

  • Objective (OKR) tracking and recognition
  • Easy-to-deploy engagement surveys
  • Check-in feature helps remote employees share important updates with managers

Pricing

  • Basic: $7/person /month
  • Plus: $14/person /month
  • Performance: Customized for your needs

3. Soapbox  

SoapBox is a team meeting agenda app that over 30,000 managers and their teams have trusted. This app provides a central place for teams to collaborate on shared agendas, take notes, assign next steps and collect feedback.

Best Features

  • Suggested conversation starters
  • Detailed meeting insights
  • Engaging post-meeting surveys 

Pricing

  • Basic: Free
  • Pro: $5.60/person /m (Billed annually or $7 monthly)
  • Business: $8.80/person /m (Billed annually or $11 monthly)

Time Tracking

4. Toggl 

Toggl is one of the leading online time tracking tools for freelancers, consultants, and small companies. This platform allows users to track the time spent on various projects and analyze productivity. It’s internet-based and can be up and running from scratch in less than a minute. Toggl has real-time sync with web tracker, desktop widgets and mobile apps.

Best Features

  • Real-time project and revenue tracking
  • Team scheduling and management
  • Schedule and send reports right to email

"Toggl runs our whole business in terms of how we bill clients and generate revenue." -- FullStack Labs

Pricing:

  • Basic: Free
  • Starter: $10/person /month 
  • Premium: $20/person /month 

5. Clockify

Clockify allows you to add unlimited users and create projects and tasks. Assign users to the right projects and tasks, set project time estimates and let your team members track time as they work on their assignments. You can also manage your team’s hourly rates and billable time so that you get a clear overview of your earnings for payroll.

Best Features

  • Add tags to time entries
  • Define viability status
  • Add descriptions to time entries

"I have been using it for a week now and rolling it out to our 7 person team. Response has been very good. The software answers the 3 key questions we have about our team." -- Justin N.

Pricing

  • Enterprise: $9.99/per person

6. Harvest 

Harvest is an online business management tool. Businesses and individuals use this tool to track time, generate professional looking invoices, communicate with clients, and update time/data on the weekly timesheet.

Best Features 

  • Easy and professional invoicing services
  • Apps and integrations tailored to your workflow 
  • Intuitive team scheduling through their sister application Forecast 

"As a digital agency, time tracking plays a key role in Zehner’s business. In fact, when CEO Matthew Zehner founded the agency more than a decade ago, Harvest was one of the first systems he implemented. Today, they rely on the time tracking tool to bill projects, help employees manage their bandwidth, and gain understanding into their process." -- Zehner Digital Agency

Pricing

  • Free Plan: $0 for one person and two projects
  • Solo Plan:  $12 per month for one person and unlimited projects (annually billed)
  • Team Plan:  $12 per person per month for two+ people and unlimited projects (annually billed)

Project Management

7. Asana

Asana is a team collaboration tool for people who prefer to mix approaches to tasks and choose to implement their tasks in a list view. With Asana, you can assign team members to cards (within a project board) or to-dos (within a project list). You can add attachments, labels, subtasks, descriptions, and comments. You can also mark certain tasks as milestones, define dependencies between tasks, and track your tasks' deadlines in a calendar view.

Asana productivity tools

Best Features

  • Task management and project tracking
  • Share information with the concerned individuals/groups
  • Report on work, all in one central place

“With Asana, we’re moving 30-40% faster than last year and we’ve launched almost twice as many ads.” -- ClassPass

Pricing

  • Basic: Free
  • Starter: $13.49/person /m 
  • Premium: $30.49/person /m 
  • Enterprise: Tailored to your business needs.

8. Flow (GetFlow) 

Flow is an everyday task and project management software for teams. It brings together your tasks, projects, timelines, and conversations and integrates with your favorite tools to help you achieve more. Over 300,000 teams in more than 140 countries have relied on Flow. 

Best Features

  • Task management
  • Team collaboration and communication 
  • Productivity

“Dribbble uses Flow to keep 12 million users happy and fuel their continued growth.” --  Dribbble 

Pricing

  • Basic: $6/person /month
  • Plus: $8/person /month
  • Pro: $10/person /month

9. Trello

Trello starts as a free project management solution that delivers a Kanban board approach. Use it with your agile or scrum project management methodologies or use it independently. Each task and set of tasks is then grouped on a board. Move your cards to different progress points, depending on the work that has been done and the tasks that still need to be done.

Best Features

  • Built-in workflow automation
  • Team playbook
  • Syncs with all your devices 

Pricing

  • Basic: Free
  • Premium plan: $13.49 /month /per user
  • Business plan: $30.49 /month /per user
  • Enterprise plan: Available by quote

10. Todist

At Todist, they specialize in productivity software. They create tools that simplify and organize the workday. They're a productive, virtual team that makes productivity tools. They are designers, engineers, and communicators united by a common goal, not a common location. 

Best Features 

  • Easily organize and prioritize your task
  • Get a clear overview of everything on your plate
  • From business ventures to grocery lists, divide and conquer your daily tasks in shared projects.

Pricing

  • Basic: Free
  • Premium: $3/person /month
  • Business: $5/person /month

Team Communication & Meetings

11. Slack 

Slack is a desktop and mobile communication app that lets you manage all team communication. Send direct messages, create locked and public channels covering various topics (from company culture to separate company projects and departments), and then communicate with your team in real-time. 

Connect Slack with Friday.

Slack productivity tool

Best Features

  • Release code fast by bringing developers, coders and resources together
  • Resolve urgent issues and automate your workflows
  • Coordinate with all internal teams

“Slack drastically reduces the time to overall resolution. It allows you to get closer and more connected to people across the company. In any situation that requires collaboration, ultimately, it levels up your game.” -- Zendesk

Pricing

  • Slack Standard: $6.67 per user per month (billed annually)
  • Slack Plus: $12.50 per user per month (billed annually)
  • Slack Enterprise: Available by quote

12. Microsoft Teams 

Microsoft Teams is a proprietary business communication platform developed by Microsoft as part of its Microsoft 365 family products. Teams also offers workspace chat and videoconferencing file storage, and application integration.

Connect Teams with Friday.

Best Features 

  • Send gifs, stickers, and emojis in a group chat or in one-to-one messages
  • Go from group chat to video conference with tone touch
  • Make and receive calls with internal and external groups using Microsoft Teams Calling, Phone System, Calling Plan, or Direct Routing

“Since we used Teams to build Technician Plus and created more than 77 apps to automate processes, we’ve returned 10 million minutes to the business and generated substantial financial benefits.” -- Telstra Field Digitalization Team

Pricing

  • Free
  • Basic: $5/person /month 
  • Pro: $12.50/person /month 
  • Office 365 E3: $20/person /month

13. Zoom

Zoom helps businesses and organizations bring their teams together to get more done. Their reliable cloud platform for video, phone, content sharing, and chat runs across mobile devices, desktops, telephones and room systems. 

Connect Zoom with Friday.

Best Features

  • Engineered and optimized to work reliably
  • One consistent enterprise experience for all use cases
  • Easy-to-use, deploy and scale

Pricing

  • Personal Meeting: Free
  • PRO: $149.90 /year/license
  • BUSINESS: $199.90 /year/license
  • ZOOM UNITED BUSINESS: $300 /year/license

14. Loom

Loom has helped reinvent work communication tools by helping millions of people get their message across through instantly shareable videos. Their users work at companies like HubSpot, Square, Uber, GrubHub, and LinkedIn. Their mission is to empower everyone at work to communicate more effectively and get ahead wherever they are. 

Best Features

  • Video communication, video management, video publishing, video streaming and online video
  • Enterprise and education tech
  • Remote work communication, remote tools, remote communication, and communication software

“Loom creates an ongoing visual and audible experience across our business and enables our employees to feel part of a unified culture and company.”--Tyson Quick, CEO, Postclick

Pricing

  • Starter: Free
  • Business: $8/person /m 
  • Enterprise: Curated based on your specific needs

15. Cisco Webex 

Category: Team Meetings

Cisco Webex develops and sells web conferencing and videoconferencing applications. It was founded as WebEx in 1995 and taken over by Cisco Systems in 2007. Its headquarters is located in Milpitas, California. 

Best Features

  • Secure collaboration from anywhere, working in-sync with your apps
  • Smart hybrid work experiences with integrated collaboration devices
  • Intelligent customer experiences with digital-first engagement
  • Security, privacy, management and insights built-in, not bolted-on

Pricing

  • Basic: Free
  • Starter: $149.90 /year/license
  • Business: $199.90 /year/license
  • Enterprise: $300 /year/license

Automations

16. IFTTT 

IFTTT is one of the world’s leading connectivity platforms. They help over 600 global enterprises accelerate their products' digital transformation into integrated services, dramatically reducing their development costs while extending compatibility and lifetime value. IFTTT is the connectivity standard and low-code alternative to building your integrations in-house. 

Best Features

  • Creative tools that let you customize the details of your data
  • Get the behavioral insights your product roadmap is missing
  • Continuously evolve your products with features powered by the integrations you choose

Pricing

  • IFTTT Standard: Free
  • IFTTT Pro: $3.99 /month
  • IFTTT Developer: $199 /month
  • IFTTT Team: Pay as you go
  • IFTTT Enterprise: Custom pricing

17. Zapier

Zapier is a web-based service that connects your various apps to automate workflows and elevate productivity levels. This powerful technology is designed to better automate your business tasks and help your teams accomplish more with 10x the impact.

Best Features: 

"We're able to use Zapier for so many things...It has created this awesome culture internally for asking, 'how can we streamline that? Is there a Zap for that?' which is awesome!" -- Daryna Kulya, Co-Founder of OpenPhone

Pricing 

  • Zapier For Work: Starting at $20 per month
  • Zapier For Teams: Starting at $250 per month

18. Integromat 

Integromat is a tool for automating manual processes. Connect your favorite apps, services and devices without having any programming skills. With Integromat, you will be able to automate your workflow yourself.

Best Features

  • Direct support for the most popular apps and services
  • Create your own app through our Developer Platform
  • Develop malleable automations to suit your individual needs—both visually and functionally

Pricing

  • Free
  • Basic: $9 /month
  • Standard: $29 /
  • Business: $99 /month
  • Platinum: $299 /month
  • Custom package

Docs

19. Notion 

Notion productivity tool

Notion serves as a workspace for notes, docs, wikis, projects, and collaboration. Use it on your own, with your team, or as an entire company. Get started for free, then add your whole team

Best Features 

  • Answer questions at scale
  • Onboard new employees
  • Coordinate releases

“Now that we’re using Notion, everyone involved in a project has visibility into things like changes in scope and other status updates.”-- Kip Price, Director of Engineering at Code Academy.

Pricing

  • Basic: Free 
  • Standard: 4 /month
  • Team: $8 /month

20. Evernote

Evernote helps people focus on what matters most to them. It’s where ideas become answers, where individuals organize their daily lives, and where teams come to create and share work together. We enjoy Evernote because it auto-syncs across all your devices, including desktop, smartphone, and tablet. Your ideas, photos, and clipped pages are always available, no matter where you are.

Best Features

  • Sync your notes to all your devices
  • Add text, images, audio, scans, PDFs, and documents to your notes
  • Use formatting tools that help you write how you think

Pricing

  • Basic: Free 
  • Premium: 7.99 /month per user
  • Business: $14.99 /month per user

21. Dropbox Paper

Dropbox is one of the world’s first smart workspaces that helps people and teams focus on the work that matters. With more than 600 million registered users across 180 countries, they’re on a mission to design a more enlightened way of working. Dropbox is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, and has 12 offices around the world. 

Best Features 

  • Keep all your files securely stored, up to date, and accessible from any device
  • Send any file—big or small—to anyone, even if they don’t have a Dropbox account
  • Keep your files private with multiple layers of protection from the service trusted by millions

“Slack is for instant communication, and then Paper is where all of our living, breathing documents go. And it’s amazing to have the two joined together." -- Christine Donaldson, Creator Marketing Manager at Patreon

Pricing

  • Standard: $15 /month per user
  • Advanced: $25 /month per user 

Conclusion: How to Pick A Team Productivity Tool

When choosing a productivity tool, teams often leave the “productivity” part out. Tools are often selected based on the loudest voices, prior vendor relationships, or familiarity. But are they really the best tool for the job? If productivity is your goal, use that as part of the framework for selecting the tools. Don’t think of productivity as an afterthought--put it front and center in your selection process. 

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