As the Covid-19 vaccination drive gains steam, cities are lifting restrictions and public transport systems are slowly limping back to normal. Even Mumbai’s famed backbone – the suburban railway system, now open to fully-vaccinated travellers – has started chugging again. Organisations, too, are opening the doors of their offices, if partially. Several companies, big and small, are inviting employees to return to work in a staggered manner, ushering a new era in our work culture: the hybrid office.
The ability to partially work from home was considered a luxury in the pre-pandemic days. Today, it’s a necessity. And while being productive in a hybrid office can be a challenge, it need not be all that hard.
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Connectivity and access, for example, are crucial to smooth functioning, especially in a hybrid office. These apps will ensure a seamless transition, no matter from where you’re working:
Google, Apple, and Microsoft offer free storage up to a certain limit, but their paid plans are competitive too. Google One offers 100 GB of storage and access starting at Rs 130/month whereas Apple One iCloud storage of 50 GB costs Rs 195/month. However, the Apple One plan also bundles subscription for Apple TV+, Apple Music, and Apple Arcade, which is great if you are an Apple user.
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OneDrive’s plans start at Rs 140/month for 100 GB. However, if you don’t mind spending a little extra, the Microsoft 365 Personal is a great deal at Rs 489/month (or Rs 4,899 annually). Besides offering 1TB (1,000 GB) worth of storage, this plan also gives you access to the latest versions of Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Since I prefer Word and Excel over Google Docs and Sheets, this plan works swimmingly as I can access all my documents from anywhere by simply signing into my Microsoft account.
Since I’m also an Apple user, the Apple One plan doesn’t just make it easier to sync photos and videos but also saves the extra cost of subscribing to Apple TV+ and Apple Music, which I used to pay for anyway.
With most Microsoft apps – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WhiteBoard, PowerBI, etc. – being integrated into the Teams ecosystem, it doesn’t just make working easier, it also makes collaborating a lot more fun and seamless. You can not only share screens but also give your colleagues the ability to make changes to your document, sheet or presentation while simultaneously being on a Teams call. Just think of Teams as being a grown-up version of Slack. It may not be what your Gen Z colleague would love but it’s pretty darn power-packed.
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