“Ok Google, is there anything you can’t do?”

“Ok Google, is there anything you can’t do?”

When it comes to technology, Google is a trailblazer. 

Whether you’re searching for a restaurant menu online or need directions to get there, Google will help you. 

Google operates on a wave of efficiency. Their #1 goal is to give you the information you want as fast as possible. 

All businesses can relate to Google regardless of industry or size. Efficiency is key to any business; it’s important now more than ever. 

As people begin to work from home, businesses face challenges of communication, collaboration, and efficiency. Google has several tools to keep your team engaged and successful. Let’s talk about G Suite.

Gmail: business email
Many people are familiar with Gmail and feel comfortable using it. It’s user-friendly and has helpful features such as labels. Labels are similar to folders, however, unlike folders, you can apply more than one label to a single message. 

Calendar: shared calendars
Calendar is great for you and your team. Share your calendar with co-workers to keep your team’s schedule at your fingertips.  

Drive: cloud storage
This is your powerhouse for storing files. Don’t worry about backing up your files – Drive does that for you. Share your Drive with others, or give permission to specific files.

Hangouts Chat: team messaging
Great for internal communication! Emails are great, but not always time efficient. At Allevia Technology, we think of instant messaging as “popping your head in an office.” Meaning – quick questions and comments rather than documented information. 

Hangouts Meet: video meetings
While working remotely, face-to-face meetings are modified, but important. Video chats are more effective than phone calls and can also boost team morale. 

Docs: word processing
Docs are similar to Microsoft word documents. Additionally, Docs have smart editing and sharing capabilities. Your Docs will automatically save to Google Drive. Write, edit, and collaborate! 

Sheets: spreadsheets
Like Docs, Sheets also have smart editing and sharing capabilities. Sheets are great for creating invoices, project tracking, or expense reports. Google Sheets are similar to Microsoft excel spreadsheets.

Slides: presentation builder
Slides are great for building presentations with your team or requesting feedback from others about a presentation you’ve created. 

Forms: survey builder
Forms allow you to send and share questionnaires and collect responses in a Google Sheet. Responses can also be shared with your team. At Allevia Technology, we use forms internally to collect fun facts from our team to showcase on our website. 

Google synchronizes these applications across multiple devices. So whether you’re checking your phone or working from your laptop, your files are updated and easy to access. 

Do you have questions about G Suite? Email [email protected] and we’ll guide you in the right direction. We’re happy to help!

Stefan Wilson

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