For many companies, remote work has gone from being a nice option to being an essential strategy for maintaining operations amidst the pandemic — and it looks like this isn’t changing anytime soon. In fact, a survey shows that as many as 36.2 million Americans will be working from home by 2025. And while it appears that this setup has increased worker productivity according to global technology research firm ISG, there are more ways to ease employees’ transition to an online platform, such as having the right tools. Let’s dig into it – and don’t forget, some of these may apply to yourself as well!
A high-speed internet connection
Reliable internet is a requirement when you’re working from home. And if you’re dealing with a spotty connection, your productivity will definitely take a hit. As such, you should subscribe to an internet service provider who can offer a speedy connection with minimal latencies. This is especially important if your work involves having a lot of meetings and presentations.
An ergonomic workspace
When you’re at home, it’s tempting to work while curled up on your bed or couch. But doing so puts you at risk of injuries that can dampen your productivity. As such, take better care of your posture by arranging for an ergonomic workspace. A Healthline list of the best lumbar support pillows shows how these supports curb back pain by following the natural curvature of your spine and reducing pressure on your lower back. The Purple Back Cushion, for example, provides good lumbar support while keeping your back cool and sweat-free. Other items like laptop risers and standing desks can also boost productivity by making your workspace more comfortable.
A fast laptop
Unless you’re a graphic designer or video editor, you don’t need a laptop with high-end specs in order to work from home. That being said, you should have decent enough hardware that can support video calls and multitasking without crashing. Fortunately, most entry-level laptops today are affordable and have all the features needed to do remote work. Good benchmarks include at least an i5 core or equivalent processor, and at least 4GB of RAM. Of course, don’t be afraid to spend more if you have the budget for it.
A high-quality audio setup
Regular meetings and online calls necessitate quality audio tools to ensure proper communication within your team. And though most laptops have built-in microphones and speakers, these are hardly enough for long-term use. The audio equipment on Adorama demonstrates that certain tools can boost productivity and make remote work more convenient. For instance, the Sony ECM-LV1 microphone is perfect if you have a pitch or presentation since you can simply plug it into your laptop’s external mic input. It captures great sound quality and minimizes the impact of your breath to muffle noise. If you live in a noisy area, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones will prove useful for long meetings, with its excellent noise cancellation technology to keep you focused on the discussion. With work from home being the standard setup for the foreseeable future, it’s wise to invest in good audio equipment for productivity.
In our post on ‘How to Stay Productive at Home,’ we mention that remote work is a double-edged sword; You have more control over your own space, but you can easily get distracted too. Sometimes, external intervention is required, and this is where productivity apps come in handy. To that end, check out the timeout app recommendations on Wired, which all block disruptive sites like Facebook so you can devote your attention to work.
Shifting to a work from home arrangement takes some time to get used to, even a year after lockdowns have ensued. But with the right equipment in your arsenal, your productivity doesn’t have to take a dip.
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