Getting Back to the Office? Here’s the Workplace Tech You’ll Need

Times are still uncertain, but it seems as if it’s finally safe to adjust to a new normal. COVID-19 has kept remote work as the standard for months now. As restrictions start to lift, though, you may find yourself able to return to work sooner rather than later. If this is the case, tech can help you make the transition — from wearables to productivity tools to mental health apps. 

    1. Wearables

Wearables are any tech devices you can wear or keep with you as you go about your day. Most commonly, smartwatches have grown as a must-have accessory.

If you’ve been to a store recently, you may have had your temperature taken before entering since a fever is one of the first signs of COVID-19. With a smartwatch, you can track your vitals to make sure you are healthy. That way, you can go to work and not worry about spreading the coronavirus or any other illnesses to your co-workers.

Perhaps brands will someday be able to integrate temperature taking in wearables as well. 

    1. Collaboration Tools

Many tools from remote work will stay in place even after COVID-19 is no longer a threat. One example is the collaboration tools you and your workplace have used to keep in contact. For example, Google Drive allows you to share and store files and information in real-time. Anyone can access these documents, which makes collaborating easy.

This practice will stick around. You can remain at your desk, limiting contact with other people while still getting work done. 

It also encourages going digital. Paper waste can add up, and it can also be the source of spreading germs. Going paperless in the workplace offers organization and the best health practices.

    1. Video Calls

Video calls and conferencing replaced in-person meetings, but you’ll want to keep both of those around for a while. They can connect people who are a room, state or continent apart. 

Video conferencing saves on travel expenses and prevents germs from spreading. You won’t have to spend money on gas or plane tickets when you keep everything digital. Calls and conferences are equally as efficient as meeting in person. You can get the same things done, with just a few clicks of your mouse. 

    1. Productivity Software

Getting back in the swing of things requires an adjustment period. Productivity software is a helpful tool that allows you to see how much you get done and how much time you spend on certain projects. Other software includes things like charts, graphs and many more collaboration tools.

When choosing software to help keep you on track, you’ll want to take a personalized approach. If you’re someone that works well under pressure, you may need time-tracking software. If you work better at your own pace, perhaps the software that fosters project creations will be your best bet. 

    1. Mental Health Apps

It’s a stressful time for people all over the world. The pandemic affects each person differently, so it’s important to take care of your physical and mental health. Depending on your work, you may start to see an emerging focus on mental health. A good employer looks out for its workers and prevents employee burnout on all levels. Mental health resources can help.

Apps like Calm, Headspace and What’s Up? are examples of mental health apps you can use to keep your mind healthy. You can also look into resources like exercise classes, therapy and support groups. Then, you can share them with your co-workers to foster an environment of support. 

    1. Going Back

The transition back to work can be an adjustment after several months away. However, these tech products, devices, apps and software can make that transition a smooth one. Keeping your body and mind active, healthy and efficient are key factors when you restart your office work. Leave it to tech to get you there.