With remote work continuing into 2021, there are several new challenges facing the majority of the workforce. At the start of the global pandemic, workers had to quickly adapt to working from their homes. For most that meant having to procure the right technology or even a desk to enable them to work. While the pandemic has been stressful and unprecedented, it has proven to the world that working remotely is achievable and potentially beneficial for some.

Many people have reported a better work-life balance and increased productivity since being able to work remotely. However, there are still many who are struggling with the new world of remote work. Common problems include collaboration/communication, unplugging after work, or staying motivated.

There are a few apps that can help your workforce overcome these challenges.

  • Microsoft Teams: Teams combines video conferencing, calling, and collaboration in one place. It can be used on a desktop or mobile phone and allows users to seamlessly share, access, and coauthor files in real-time.
  • 1Password: 1Password is a password manager that enables users to log in to sites and fill forms securely with a single click. Instead of having to remember several complicated passwords or phrases, with 1Password, a user only has to remember one. The rest are securely stored.
  • Forest: If you struggle with picking up your phone while working remotely, Forest is the app to help you eliminate that bad habit. As you stay focused and work, the app digitally grows a tree. The Forest team then partners with a real-tree-planning organization, Trees for the Future, to plant real trees based on your app usage.
  • Trello: Trello is an app that helps teams collaborate while organizing and prioritizing tasks. The app has built-in workflow automation to boost productivity and remove tedious tasks from your teams’ to-do lists.
  • Time Out: While some remote workers report a better work-life balance, some are overworking. It is vital for employees to take much-deserved breaks, so they do not get burnt out. With Time Out, the app reminds you to take breaks, whether it’s a 10-minute break on the hour, a fixed lunch, or afternoon walk.
  • Calm: Calm is the #1 app for sleep and meditation. In addition to taking care of yourself physically while working from home, it is important that you take care of yourself mentally. Calms offers several guided meditations to de-stress, reduce anxiety, and sleep better.