When the pandemic hits the globe, social distancing and staying indoors became a lifestyle that everyone has to adapt to. School children have to start doing online classes, while the working adults have to work from home. However, believe it or not, working remotely is not something new. Many companies have already adapted work-from-anywhere policies since technologies today have provided such tools, from video calling to emailing.
Even so, many are still unfamiliar with the remote working, especially those who are not very tech-savvy. If you’re new to the work-from-home lifestyle, there are a few things that you should consider. This is to ensure that you have a comfortable and worry-free environment when you are working from home. Here are some things that you need to prepare before you begin your day working from home.
Your work space
Although not everyone has a separate home office, having a personal, tranquil area to work in is essential. If at all possible, keep your work place distinct from your personal spaces and utilize it just for business. This is to ensure that whenever you have a meeting with your fellow colleagues or a very important client, you don’t have to worry about getting disturbed.
It is advisable for you to familiarize yourself with the necessary and useful applications when you are working from home. There are so many applications that can be used for free that have their own specific uses. If your job requires you to make long-distance and/or international calls, Google Hangouts, WhatsApp, and Skype all offer free international calls via the Internet. If you and the person you’re contacting both have the same service, the call is free. There are also applications such as Slack, Facebook Workplace, and so forth that provide companies a space of their own to discuss projects and more.
Your internet speed
If you have children, their FaceTiming, TikTok, and Xbox usage may cause your connection and download rates to decrease. Moving as near as possible to your Wi-Fi router will help, or switching to Ethernet. Because most laptops don’t have Ethernet ports these days, you’ll need an adapter but also an Ethernet cable to connect your computer to your router. You can also upgrade your internet to a better one by changing your internet service provider. There are many that offers various internet packages. For example, Unifi offers 300Mbps of internet speed until 500Mbps, that can support multiple devices at once. You don’t have to worry about experience lagging in a meeting call any more!
Consider investing in noise-canceling headphones if you have a barking puppy or a jackhammering worker outside your windows. If the kids are at home, and you don’t have access to daycare (for example, over the summer or in the event of a natural disaster), see if you and your significant other (or a neighbour in a similar position) can take turns caring for them—which may involve talking to your boss about working late hours. The best way to keep distractions at bay is to inform your family members if you have an important call beforehand. This is why having a personal workspace helps as well.