Is working from home really more productive than working in a regular office? That depends. Are you following best practices? And is your technology up-to-date?
Here are tips on both the management and tech fronts. They’ll help keep you, your staff and your customers productive while working from home.
> Computer: Consider lightweight laptops for those who will need to move around their house or apartment. Long battery life helps, too. If desk space is an issue, good options to explore include an All-in-One or mini PC. If remote manageability is important, consider PCs powered with Intel vPro technology.
> Docking station: This is a smart, time-saving way to connect multiple peripheral devices while also charging a laptop. For high-speed connectivity, check out the latest Thunderbolt 3-enabled docks.
> Visuals: Reduce eye strain with either dual displays or larger-format monitors. Today’s 4K and UHD monitors, some with LED backlighting, can increase comfort, too.
> Smart devices: A PC and phone is good enough to get started, but for increased productivity, other devices can help. One example is Lenovo’s ThinkSmart View collaborative smart device. It takes on administrative tasks that would otherwise hog the resources of a PC; it retails for $350, making it an affordable addition.
> Headset: With live meetings pretty much a thing of the past, workers are now spending a lot more time on the phone. Noise-canceling headsets help keep their conversations quiet and professional while eliminating neck strain.
> Keyboard: Ergonomic keyboards may look funny, but don’t let that stop you. They really are more comfortable than traditional keyboards. They’re also available in a choice of either wired or wireless, and in both regular and compact sizes. For maximum comfort, combine them with an equally ergonomic mouse.
> Mimic a traditional work schedule: Set a doable schedule. Then stick to it. Also, use calendaring software to keep track of all those Zoom, Skype and Teams meetings.
> Create a dedicated workspace: If possible, everyone should have just one place for work. That should include a desk, comfortable chair, lighting and whatever else is needed.
> Minimize distractions: With a world of content just a few mouse clicks away, it’s easy to waste hours and hours by endlessly checking email, social media, videos and more. Instead, schedule blocks of focused time for your detailed projects.