The world of remote work existed even before the pandemic, but it was during it that it became widespread and popular. More and more companies are puzzled by how to equip a comfortable remote office for their employees. Statista surveyed the benefits of working from home, and more than 50 percent of respondents in each country chose flexible schedules as the main benefits of working from home.
Working from home is no longer just fashionable; it is sometimes a necessity and an element of our daily life. In this article, we’ll take a look at five remote work innovations you should know about.
1. Apps against sedentary lifestyles.
In the concept of remote work, employees are more likely to be at home and work from it. That is, your physical activity decreases – you do not even get up to walk to the bus stop or your car to get to the office.
The Officer is a fitness tool designed to disrupt sedentary lifestyles. The compact and straightforward active footrest fits neatly under your desk so that you can use it from the comfort of your chair.
Based on the principle of zero-gravity movement, the Officer simulates up to 70% of walking, even in a seated position.
2. Virtual office for remote teams.
Tandem has created a “virtual office” for remote teams that makes you feel like you are in the office. Whether you sell public goods or mobile application development services, you can easily see your colleagues, talk, and interact. Such an application greatly facilitates remote teamwork.
3. Smart home bot.
Australian startup Adaprox has created a mini-robot that promises to turn almost any device into an intelligent machine. According to Adaprox, the bot offers an affordable way to connect to the Internet of Things.
Fingerbot is a tiny bot that connects to existing devices. It uses small, finger-like pins to turn on the electronics remotely. The device allows you to manage your home and its devices without being distracted from work.
4. Well-being to maintain the psychological health of employees.
Forbes notes that for companies and employees to thrive in this new work environment, this key ingredient – empathy – must be permeated throughout the company.
Wellness company Living Ashram has launched a wellness app for employees. In this application, users are helped to cope with stress, use their breathing to calm down, and perform “acts of gratitude.”
5. Multi-platform content management system.
The solution allows companies to publish content across all devices and channels, which the company says traditional content management systems cannot do.
The system uses four different delivery systems (known as APIs). It means that companies can quickly access, manage, and deliver digital content to anyone worldwide.
Today we have reviewed just a few innovations that can significantly improve the lives of remote workers. The world does not stand still, and every day, IT companies issue new solutions that can affect our lives. Many companies even order IT staff augmentation service to adapt their team’s work to the modern realities of remote work. What will be challenging to say next, but one thing is clear – remote work will become an increasingly convenient and widespread way of organizing a workflow.
Author’s bio: Anastasiia Lastovetska is a technology writer at MLSDev, a software development company that builds web & mobile app solutions from scratch. She researches the area of technology to create great content about app development, UX/UI design, tech & business consulting.