Looking for Top Communication Apps for Accounting Firms? In today’s world, most companies are moving away from the structured 9 to 5, Monday to Friday workweek and allowing their employees to have a more flexible workplace. Though these options work well for team motivation, when you have employees working off site, trying to build team relationships can be a little more difficult. Especially when you are reduced to “water cooler chats” and have to resort to phone calls and email communications only. To avoid losing your firm’s awesome culture, here are a few communication apps that will aid in building team relationships. Internal Chat Systems Slack is a team communication application providing services such as real-time messaging, archiving, and to search for modern teams. It offers one-on-one messaging, private groups, team chat rooms, and direct messaging as well as group chats organized by topic. All content inside Slack is searchable from one search box, and it integrates with a number of third-party services, including Google Docs, Dropbox, Heroku, Crashlytics, GitHub, and Zendesk. If you are looking for a cheap option to hosting an internal chat system within your firm, I would recommend checking out Skype for Business. Skype is an app that specializes in providing video chat and voice calls. Users can also exchange text and video messages, files and images, as well as create conference calls. With a good internet connection, Skype can be the perfect internal chat system between employees, and can host quick, free Skype to Skype via your employees’ computers. It is very convenient, user friendly and works incredibly as a free product. Video Conferencing Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, group messaging, and a software-based conference room solution into one easy-to-use platform. Their solution offers the best video, audio, and screen-sharing experience across Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Blackberry, Zoom Rooms, and H.323/SIP room systems. Zoom was founded in 2011 by experienced leaders and engineers from Cisco and WebEx. Their mission is to develop a people-centric cloud service that transforms the real-time collaboration experience and improves the quality and effectiveness of communications. Google Hangouts provides a free platform to host video calls with your internal staff or even client calls. Turn any conversation into a video call with up to 10 users. You also have the ability to send files and photos to the users on Google Hangouts. There is also a feature that allows users to message each other at any time, even if they're not connected right now. Hangouts works on computers, Android and Apple devices, so you can connect with everyone, and no one gets left out. Conference calls on the go can be hit and miss, but not with UberConference. This app lets you see participants’ LinkedIn profiles and record your meetings so you don’t lose an important point.