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Co-presence apps give remote work a much-needed social upgrade

While working remotely has some major perks like no commute, casual clothes most days (instead of just Fridays!), and more flexible hours, it’s also seriously sucked the fun out of in-office socializing. To make up for the loss of these everyday work encounters, events, and even watercooler chat, all of which help craft a company’s culture and contribute to employee contentment, some startups are offering new on-screen solutions. Check out these new co-presence work apps that create virtual offices to help fill the team bonding void.

KNOCK

Knock allows employees to “break the remote work boundaries” with their visual office space product. Whether the office kitchen, conference rooms, or the lounge Knock allows companies to create their own digital office and allow colleagues to check out what others are up to. Knock offers audio and video chat for spontaneous conversations, screen-sharing, chatrooms, and private chats. Although the brand is in beta, they offered their product free and accessible to all when the pandemic began in order for remote workers to have better collaboration, connection and productivity from home.

PRAGLI

Founders at Pragli saw the potential for employee loneliness and lack of communication, so they created an online workspace full of work-life culture. Their platform caters to remote and hybrid teams with various audio rooms that represent different workspaces in a traditional office. These include meeting rooms, silent rooms, personal desk space, and even the water-cooler area. Each room can be entered with a single click, allowing users to immediately connect over clear audio, video, and screen-sharing. Their service is currently free.

BONFIRE

Join the bonfire. Bonfire has built a browser-based virtual work experience that makes remote teams visible. The brand turns the typical office into an exciting 3D environment composed of a customizable office. Bonfire also allows employees to create their own avatars to interact with colleagues in this fun, social experience. Millennial founder Raphael Herkommer believes “remote work is the future of many industries… [and] that the tools we use today must adapt to the challenges of decentralized collaboration.”