In this post, I’m sharing the basics that every remote employee must have in their home office setup—starting with where you should set up your home office.
In the rush to go virtual, many newly remote personnel set up a temporary workspace in their bedrooms, dining rooms, kitchen and even on their couch.
And while these solutions were convenient at the time, they’re certainly not conducive to concentration or security.
Tips for finding the right remote work location inside your home (if you don’t have a home office):
Once you’ve found your home’s quiet zone, step back and evaluate if the ergonomics and atmosphere are conducive to healthy and comfortable work. Do this by:
Thinking about investing in a standing desk? Check out websites with discounts for businesses, like autonomous.ai.
For your remote work model to be successful, your company must use the cloud.
That means taking all your applications, databases, files and documents and having them stored with a reliable, third-party cloud hosting provider
In the cloud, both on-premises and remote employees:
Right Networks offers several cloud hosting options that address the different needs of firms and businesses:
Most employees use laptops these days, which makes remote work even easier. Obviously, you don’t want to lug around a desktop computer (is that even possible?) from location to location, but only needing to learn how to use one device is simpler than learning how to use two.
However, your laptop is only one piece of technology. Peripherals—monitors, mice, keyboards—are just as important.
There’s one thing you need to keep in mind when choosing your keyboard and mouse:
When choosing a monitor:
Flip your old monitors vertically and view full-page documents in portrait mode: Buy a larger, more capable monitor as your main screen, then flip your widescreen monitor into a vertical position.
Don’t forget to get a docking station per work location! Keep your peripherals plugged in and ready to go, so that you need only to plug in your computer at the start of each day.
Virtual collaboration is the new normal for communicating internally and with clients and should always be done professionally.
Most people will forgive a wandering child or pet for showing up onscreen, but they will quickly become frustrated with poor video quality and more importantly, poor audio quality.
Fortunately, there are just two essential pieces of remote work audio-visual equipment to buy or request:
You could have the best audio-visual equipment in the world and still have audio-visual problems due to bandwidth.
If your internet bandwidth is strained by multiple family members using it for work and school…you need to re-evaluate your service plan or provider.
If your internet access is normally good when working alone but suffers when multiple family members log on, the easiest solution may be to increase bandwidth.
How to maintain network speed and security while working from home:
It is also important to make sure your WiFi is secured by updating the firmware and changing the password.
How to maintain network speed and security while on the road:
Remote collaboration will be around for the long haul so you might as well get good at it!
For the employers still not convinced that remote work is now and the future: Why not? Share your reasons for wanting employees to work 100% in-office with us on social media. Tweet @RightNetworks or tag us on LinkedIn at @Right-Networks.
For more information on how the cloud enables remote work, please contact one of our sales consultants today.
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