If you are fortunate enough to work from your home, or if you got a job that is partially or totally remote, you should be prepared for this new lifestyle. So, we hope that these 7 tips to set up an effective home office will help you:
1. Set up a quiet workspace.
If you have children, your living room couldn’t be the quietest place in the house. However, to be productive, you will need a space where you can work without discomfort and interruptions during the hours that are necessary. Think about what room in your house you can prepare as your permanent workspace.
2. Look for ergonomic office furniture.
Many people imagine working on their computers while lying on their beds or the couch. Unfortunately, this will only cause neck and shoulder pain. Ideally, you should have a suitable desk and chair in your home office, preferably ergonomic. The correct posture and being comfortable will skyrocket your productivity!
3. Own a reliable personal computer.
Whether it’s a dual-monitor desktop computer or a laptop that you can move from one place to another, you need a computer that you can trust. This is your most important work tool and it has to be personal.
4. Get high speed Internet.
Almost all office internet connections are business grade, which means they are fast and reliable. However, not all domestic connections are. Take some time to discover how fast your connection is and if necessary update at a faster speed. In case of connection problems, contact the technical support of your Internet provider.
5. Secure Wi-Fi access.
A good idea is to have mobile Wi-Fi access to turn to in case your Internet connection is unreliable. You won’t be able to work or communicate if you lost the Internet connection on your computer.
6. Make sure you have access to the necessary programs and files.
It is important to be able to access your company’s system, online collaboration spaces and files. Make sure you know how to contact your organization’s IT support to help solve any problem that may affect your ability to do your job.
7. Keep in touch with technical support.
As a remote worker, you may also have problems with your own hardware or software. If your computer is provided by your employer, you should contact the IT support of your organization, but if your computer is your own, you must know how to contact the technical support of the software providers by email, chat or phone. Similarly, it is helpful to have a store number that provides support and hardware repairs.
Working from home can be an excellent option that offers a better balance between life and work and even helps you to be more productive. So start this challenge well prepared and you will have a good chance to make the transition from office to work at home seamless.