Malaysia is under a “partial lockdown” from today until 31 March – officially known as a nationwide movement control order – and many companies will have their employees working from home during this period of time. However, that doesn’t mean you have to let your productivity slide while out-of-office. Thanks to technology, the majority of us can still remain connected with family, friends, colleagues and clients, ensuring that business continues somewhat as usual. Here are several online tools – which include websites, apps, and software – that will be useful for professionals working from the comfort of their homes.
Covid-19 monitoring website
As countries around the world begin to implement quarantines and lockdowns due to the increase of Covid-19 cases, it is important to keep track of the spread of the coronavirus not only within Malaysia, but also globally. Outbreak.my is a website that provides the latest numbers update for Covid-19 cases in Malaysia, and one of its most useful functions is the Location Tracking Map which lets you see which places have reported one or more positive cases. There is also a Fake News tab which alerts you to fake information which may have been circulated on social media.
2. E-Commerce apps/websites
Buy groceries and essentials online and have them delivered to your doorstep
If you are wary of going out to buy groceries, or simply want to save yourself the hassle of driving out just to buy a few items, there are plenty of e-commerce apps and websites where you can get necessities delivered right to your doorstep. Tesco, Jaya Grocer, HappyFresh, and Mydin are just a few out of the many options available if you need to get fresh groceries or food supplies. If you’re lazy to cook, GrabFood and Foodpanda are just a click away, while online shopping for most other items are still open on Lazada and Shopee, just to name a few. Check out more options here.
Property management mobile app
Need to inspect your rental properties, but can’t go out? No matter if you are the landlord, a property agent managing properties for clients, or just an ordinary renter, Landlord123 is a useful mobile app that allows you to manage rental properties using just your mobile phone. Property inspection, issue reporting, financial recording, and rental reminders can all be done via the app as well, making it the ideal tool to keep an eye on your properties even while at home… or anywhere, really.
Online team-based corkboard and task list
Keeping track of an entire team’s progress can be challenging, especially when you’re not face-to-face to discuss tasks directly. Trello is great for keeping track of every individual’s responsibilities and also to have an overall view of pending, in-progress, and completed projects. Think of it as an online corkboard which members can use to organize “cards” into lists — those cards can be tasks, notes, projects, shared files, or anything else that helps your team work together. Even better, you can attach files and link Google spreadsheets to each card, as well as include notes and descriptions.
Virtual meeting room
Got an important meeting with people from different locations? GoToMeeting is an online meeting room where users can access collaboration tools, including shared keyboard/mouse control, drawing tools, and multi-monitor screen sharing. There’s even a function to record the meeting, so that people from different time zones or those who missed the meeting can catch up with things that were discussed.
Learning management system for professional training
Litmos is a cloud-based continuous learning platform that unifies learning management that allows organizations to deliver training anytime, anywhere. Basically, it is a e-learning and training software, not only for employees, but also clients and customers. A learning management system platform is something that every organization should have to keep the learning process going and enhance their employees’ skill, whether in the office or working from home.