The 5 Best Remote Working Tools You Simply Need In 2021 (for companies under 1,000 employees)

Not only is remote work being accelerated by the reality of COVID-19, but we're living in the age of the remote working revolu...

February 23, 2021

What are the best tools to increase engagement and productivity in 2021? Not only is remote work being accelerated by the reality of COVID-19, but we're living in the age of the remote working revolution when Millennials favor a new role based on its flexibility, both in working hours and location. Employers are now realizing that the home office can actually help productivity and with advanced technology, it has never been this simple to set up a professional working environment at home that empowers efficiency.

Don't let your company's culture be at a disadvantage because you're hesitant to adopt the necessary technology and tools to increase communication, engagement, and productivity. We know how hard it can be hard to sift through all the ads and marketing noise. For those who are leaning in and being progressive with the changes in circumstance, we've handpicked what we believe to be the top 5 productivity and engagement tools in 2021 to boost your people/HR tool stack for companies that are under 1,000 employees.

1. BambooHR – HRIS

With over 20,000 companies and 1.8 million employees onboarded, BambooHR is a must have. The beginning of your employee journey can start here as BambooHR is the employee source of record. 

Some of BambooHR’s notable clients are:

  • Postmates
  • Stance 
  • Grammarly 
  • Jane

BambooHR can handle the employee journey from recruiting while using their ATS to onboarding and document storage, the source of truth for employee information. 

BambooHR’s solution set includes but is not limited to the following use cases:


  • Basic - $8
  • Standard - $10
  • Pro - $16
  • Enterprise - Call in

2. – Project Management / Productivity

With over 100,000 teams / companies using Monday to optimize productivity, communication and project planning in one site, Monday was an easy choice to add to this list. 

Some of Mondays notable clients are:

  • Uber
  • Adobe 
  • Costco 
  • Universal  
  • GE

As an important item to note, your whole company does not need need to sign up for Monday at once. A team, a department or even a project could use 

Monday’s solution set includes but is not limited to the following use cases:


  • Basic - $8
  • Standard - $10
  • Pro - $16
  • Enterprise - Call in

3. Assembly – Employee Recognition, Engagement, and Rewards

Assembly has over 3,000 companies on the platform and is one of the fastest growing companies on this list. Assembly solves a simple problem, employees want to be acknowledged and appreciated for their hard work and Assembly makes this fun. With Assembly you can host all of your recognition and rewards under one platform. Assembly surfaces wins both big and small across departments, functions and even locations bringing transparency and excitement to the whole team!

Some of Assembly’s notable clients are:

  • FTD
  • Nesco Resources 
  • USC 
  • TNA Solutions  
  • Blue Yonder

As an important item to note, your whole company does need need to sign up for Assembly at once. A department just looking to recognize it’s team members or a small division that wants to recognize and reward cross functionally can utilize the platform as well!

Assembly’s solution set includes but is not limited to the following use cases:

Assembly integrated directly into both Slack and Microsoft Teams so recognition and rewards can happen where your employees work. Assembly generally sees participation in the 90% percentile, meaning employees both give and receive recognition consistently throughout the month!


  • Free - Limited features and up to 50 members
  • Team - $3/mo/user & $2.50/mo/user/annually
  • Business - $4/mo/user & $3.50/mo/user/annually
  • Enterprise - $5/mo/user & $4.50/mo/user/annually

The CEO of promenade group utilized Assembly to boost culture, camaraderie and cross functional communication. You can hear from him directly below:

4. Greenhouse – Hiring Applicant Tracking System (ATS)

Greenhouse’s mission is to make every company great at hiring. To make dreams bigger and bolder to take on what comes next!

Some of Greenhouse’s notable clients are:

  • Trip Advisor
  • NerdWallet 
  • Philz Coffee 
  • DoorDash  
  • Lyft

Greenhouse can help with your recruiting, onboarding, diversity and inclusion, candidate experience and more. Greenhouse works for both SMB, MM companies as well as enterprise.

Greenhouse has a beautiful display that makes hiring a breeze, and it’s visually appealing!!


  • Greenhouse does not display pricing on the site, you’ll need to call in for pricing!

TripAdvisor’s reliance on the Greenhouse partner ecosystem as a unique resource enables their recruiting operations team to make better hiring tech decisions to empower their talent acquisition and improve processes and efficiency. Learn more about TripAdvisor’s participation in the Greenhouse Customer-Preferred Partner Program.

5. Lattice – Performance Management

Lattice’s mission is to work with People teams across the globe to turn employees into high performers, managers into leaders, and companies into the best places to work.

Some of Lattice’s notable clients are:

  • Slack
  • Reddit 
  • LegalZoom
  • Turo  
  • Button

Lattice will supercharge your managers and keep employees engaged from anywhere

Lattice’s performance management features include:


  • Performance - $9
  • Performance and Engagement - $12
  • Enterprise - Call in
  • Grow - Supplement to any of the above - $3

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Assembly SOC 2 compliant?

Yes, at Assembly, security is a top priority. Each quarter, we have ongoing security work that is everyone’s responsibility. While we maintain a strong security posture, it was important for us to prove to our customers that we do everything we claim to do. This led us to pursue a SOC 2 Type II report that would provide evidence of our compliance with industry gold-standard security practice.

What's the ROI for employee recognition?

There is study after study showing that employee recognition leads to increased engagement. This in return creates an environment where employees are happier and more motivated which increase productivity and reduces voluntary turnover significantly. In order to filled critical roles, companies tend to spend nearly twice the value of an annual salary. Assembly is an investment in your employees that supports your bottom line.

Does Assembly offer longer-term contracts?

Yes, we will offer contracts for companies with longer-term agreements to help larger customers have more certainty around future costs.

The minimum agreement term is a 12-month subscription.

Does Assembly offer onboarding support?

We do! Any new customer needing further support to get started with Assembly to ensure you're set up for success can request custom onboarding support. These one-time services start at $5,000. Improving your employee experience is about much more than just using our amazing software; it’s about transforming your business to create a workplace that people love. That’s much easier to do with the personal support and advice from our passionate people experts.

Is there a free version of Assembly?

Yes. We offer a completely free plan for up to 50 team members. This plan is intended for teams or organizations that are looking to get started with an employee engagement tool. Keep in mind, this plan is limited in features.

All customers can open an Assembly account for free and get started without a credit card. Then you can change plans as necessary.

How much do rewards cost?

At the time of redemption (when your employees exchange their points for a paid reward) you'll pay face value. If a reward is a $10 Amazon gift card, your cost will be $10. All paid rewards are billed for on a monthly basis.

The good news is that you don't have to pay for rewards upfront because we only charge you when points are redeemed, not when they're earned.

Does Assembly offer discounts?

We offer discounts or educational or charitable organizations. In order to secure a discount, you'll first need to book a demo with a customer support specialist.

For all other organizations, we are willing to consider longer-term agreements in exchange for discounts. To set up annual plans or longer, you will need to book a demo with a customer support specialist.

How do I cancel my plan if needed?

If you're on a month to month plan, you can go here and cancel anytime. If you're having concerns or need help setting up your account for success, you can always book a demo with a customer support specialist.

If you're on a longer-term custom plan, you'll need to reach out to your customer support specialist to cancel your account or email us at

What customizations are available?

Great question! You can customize your core values to match your organization's to boost and track alignment. You can change your currency from the 🏆 emoji (our default) to any emoji of your choice. You can swap our logo for your own. You can also set up company culture rewards such as, "Lunch with the CEO," "Buy a book on us," and so much more!

Who can give or receive recognition?

While we recommend a peer to peer set up where anyone in your organization can give or receive recognition, you can set up Assembly however you want. If you need to limit the people who can give or receive recognition, that's perfectly fine and can be done from your Admin, here.

What integrations are available?

Assembly connects to the tools your employees use every day to offer an easy, seamless experience with minimal change management.  

Assembly has integrations with HCM/HRIS systems like ADP, Google, Office 365, and Slack. We also integrate with communication tools like Slack and Teams so you and your employees can access Assembly wherever they work now.

What's your average adoption rate?

That depends on the company's permissions set up. That said, over 90% of the employees on Assembly's platform are recognized on a monthly basis. That means nearly every employee across all of our customers are receiving regular recognition from their peers, managers, or leadership. We're extremely proud of this.

Must rewards be set up to use Assembly?

They are not required. You can use Assembly without having rewards set up. However, we don't recommend it if you intend to have a high adoption and usage rate. You can always keep the costs down by offering internal culture rewards that are fulfilled by you internally.

Are points required to use Assembly?

No, you can remove allowances from anyone or everyone. It's up to you but we do recommend using points whether they're worth a real dollar value or not. Companies that use points have a much higher engagement rate even if those points don't exchange for real dollars.

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