During the COVID disruption, when we all went remote abruptly, many of us, including myself had a tougher time than usual staying organized.
The key for me is to have all of my priorities and tasks in one place, which gives me way more peace of mind than the sticky notes I used to use. When I go to Align I can see everything I need to do — from that largest priority I’ve been putting off, to that email I forgot about.
No one wants to fall behind on work, but Align isn’t about the fear of being held accountable. It creates transparency that lets our organization react quickly and catch up, rather than fall further behind.
Having the entire team on Align is also building increased engagement among our employees. The Align dashboard also allows everyone to see how their individual tasks are aligned to the organization’s largest priorities. The entire team can open up the software and see the organization is on-track with their priorities, it’s motivating and encouraging.
Align also saves us so much time. In the past, I emailed an employee asking how progress on a specific task is going. The employee would stop what they were doing and write back. This back-and-forth is one of dozens of such conversations that happen each day, taking up hours of time in a week.
With Align, communicating this way is no longer necessary. I can see the status of a task, and if I still have a question, there’s no reason to email, because I know I can just follow up in our Huddle.”
Beth Winkler, CEO – Magnolia Physical Therapy
Align’s features make your job easier with the Remote Team Management Toolkit.
Create a structure around and portal for consistent critical communication so that everyone stays on the same page.
Align’s Daily Huddle tool features create a daily communication framework to use throughout the company. In just a few minutes a day, each employee creates a short update for everyone else about:
Align’s Weekly Huddle Tool lessens the need to micro-manage by providing structured weekly 1:1 reviews around transparent metrics which means less chasing down updates for managers and less micromanaging for remote team members.
Align’s Top Priority Calendar gives everyone the ability to plan out the one thing they can do each day toward achieving their individual goals.
The transparency into the work accomplished each month gives each team member a record of daily accomplishments. Managers get visual confirmation of work completed for each direct report over time and can verify work productivity for their teams.
Automated notifications from Align drive actions by helping employees stay on task for what needs to be done each week.
Working remotely can create challenges for organizations. Daily Distractions and interruptions can affect focus. Weekly reminders help employees track the most important work that needs to get done so that they don’t miss deadlines or end up overloaded trying to catch up on bigger goals.
Use the One Page Strategic Plan to record your most important outputs from your remote strategic planning sessions.
Create company goals and easily cascade those down to the team and individual level to make sure that the hard work you do in planning rolls out to the team quickly for successful execution.
Use the Align eNPS tool to automate measurement of employee engagement and happiness on a regular basis.
Huddles were the feature we expected to use least in Align. Then COVID hit, and we all went remote. We quickly adapted to using Huddles to run daily meetings, as well as weekly, bi-weekly and monthly meetings for our staff. We also use the huddles for our 1:1’s and for reviewing goal progress at the end of a quarter and planning our goals for the future. We’ve never seen information spread so well throughout the organization as we have since we started using both Align and the good proven practical behaviour patterns Align draws attention to manage our meetings.”