The Best Inventions of 2021
November 10, 2021 6:13 AM EST

For the past 18 months, millions of Americans have spent their workdays staring at screens featuring grids of their colleagues’ faces. Teamflow offers an alternative. Though the remote-work platform was conceived before the pandemic, it offers a much needed antidote to Zoom fatigue. Teamflow allows companies to create virtual offices—replete with desks, meeting rooms and whiteboards. Users’ faces appear as bubbles that can be moved around the virtual office, similar to a video game. When you want to talk to a colleague, simply drag your bubble to theirs—a kind of virtual approximation of the much missed spontaneous work conversation. The application ($15 per employee per month) has been embraced by companies like Netflix and Shopify. —Abhishyant Kidangoor

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