Communicating with clients is a critical work task – as is regularly interacting with your fellow employees.

Contrary to widely accepted belief, neither is more important than the other. Yes, loyal, long-term clients are the ones technically keeping your place of business afloat, but it’s a strong, unified team that keeps things running properly. You’d be wise to keep it this way.

If you want a unified team, you need to help your employees stay connected to one another. Recruiters and hiring managers put countless hours into onboarding the best talent your industry has to offer, and it’s vital that this talent remains in constant, comfortable contact throughout the day.

The good news? It’s 2017. Carrier pigeons and long walks down seemingly endless hallways to relay a five-second message are things of the past. To keep your team as connected and effective as possible, all you really need are a few tried-and-true communication tools.

1. Do

Long gone are the days when meetings were all about discussing goals and ideas. Sure, a sizable number of meetings are still geared toward this kind of activity, but new technologies have made them more efficient.

This is where Do comes into the picture. Do is an all-inclusive, collaborative tool that allows people to take detailed notes, create agendas, and track progress, all while seated comfortably in a meeting.

And that’s not even the best part.

Answer honestly: During a meeting, have you ever asked yourself, “Couldn’t we have gone without getting together like this?” If so, you’re in luck. Do’s “Insights” feature tracks how much time and money are spent on meetings, helping you ensure you’re only investing in worthwhile meetings.

2. Trello

There’s a good chance you and your team have already heard of Trello. And you know what? That makes sense. Few tools are as well-equipped to keep employees connected as Trello is.

liftEmail is nice, but whose inbox is really hurting for more incoming material? Trello provides employees with a smarter, more streamlined way to tackle project management through its board system.

Staff members create boards representing key tasks whenever something needs to get down. Each board is composed of three columns: “To-Do,” “Doing,” and “Done.” Assignments move from left to right until a project is confidently completed.

3. Brosix

Michael Jordan allegedly once said, “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” Though it’s unlikely these words were meant for the office, they still apply to the workplace quite well. Talent is crucial, but without unity, it’s all for naught.

Brosix is a one-of-a-kind messaging tool designed to meet the demands of fast-paced business environments. Sure, Slack and Skype are great at what they do, but Brosix takes things to a whole new level.

The biggest difference is Brosix’s emphasis on safety. Brosix applies strong data encryption to any and all data transfers. Real-time messaging often includes critical private information. It’s easier to protect that information when you use Brosix.

Tech support, the ability to account for multiple languages, and an easy-to-use interface round out Brosix’s up-and-coming messaging platform. I predict it won’t be long before Brosix becomes a mainstay of all in-house communication.

4. GoToMeeting

While Do intends to help companies hold more effective meetings, GoToMeeting wants to make those meetings happen. GoToMeeting is a simple web conference solution that can bring professionals together from all over the globe.

With just one click, GoToMeeting syncs to both Outlook and Google Calendar, making scheduling a straightforward affair. As for the meetings themselves, GoToMeeting’s HD video conferencing, screen-sharing, and dial-in connectivity make it easy to get everyone on the same page.

Further strengthening GoToMeeting’s core offering is the program’s capacity to provide on-screen drawings and real-time recordings for all meeting participants. It’s also incredibly affordable.

You’re a recruiting professional. You know how urgent it is to find the right talent to bring about real, bottom-line growth. But hiring the right personnel is only half the battle. It’s equally important that employees work well together. The above tools can help your business create strong, unified teams that accomplish more.

Lucas Miller is freelance blogger, direct response copywriter, and content marketer at Echelon Copy.

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