Telecommuting has started to become mainstream since the start of the pandemic a year ago ... but it's here to stay, and it's important to settle in properly at home to boost your productivity.
With the Covid-19 pandemic, many professionals have gone from being full-time office workers to working from home permanently ... and without necessarily having the appropriate tools. According to Japan-based team collaboration platform Nulab, many have struggled to adapt to telecommuting.
850 people were surveyed to find out what is missing for a successful transition to telecommuting. The survey found that nearly 62% of respondents telework with other people at their homes and that more than half (56%) were not allowed to bring equipment provided by their employer to their homes.
Those who could not benefit from the equipment provided by their employer spent about $ 35 more than the others. However, some professionals (37%) will not be reimbursed for their expenses. Yet nearly one in three people have purchased telecommuting equipment, spending an average of $ 194.
Even if it was sometimes difficult to adapt, this study shows that a majority of respondents (52%) want to continue teleworking, even after the pandemic has passed. With this in mind, here are some tips for getting set up for telecommuting.
A back support for your chairSwitching from the ergonomic office chair to the makeshift chair in your home can be difficult. And after spending a few whole days sitting on it, you realize that the change in posture hurts your back. Long-time teleworkers have usually already invested in a suitable office chair. But for others, there is a more accessible option - the back pillow which, when properly positioned, can allow you to sit properly and relieve your pain. The Nulab survey suggests that nearly one in three home teleworkers (32.9%) would have liked to have this accessory. He's worth the pain.
A desk for standing workStanding desks have gained popularity for a good decade. Even so, most professionals are still used to sitting down to work. Having an adjustable standing desk makes it possible to have a multifunctional piece of furniture, in addition to a useful workspace. In the survey, one in three people (31.4%) would have liked to have a standing desk. Only one in five people (19.2%) had it.
A non-slip backing for your laptop11% of teleworkers work from the sofa, and 4.2% are sitting with their laptop on their lap. If this is your case, it might be time to get a non-slip tray for your laptop: no more burns on your knees, no more overheating for your device and a more comfortable sitting position for working.
A desk for your bedSurprisingly, the survey reveals that nearly one in three teleworkers (28.5%) work in their bedroom. Even 6.9% of them actually work from their bed. If you recognize yourself in the latter category, a portable desk will prevent your items from sliding on your lap or even getting lost in your bed. You can find some with adjustable height and tilt, and even a storage drawer. Very practical, if you can lay it flat, it can even be used as a table to have your breakfast in bed.
Glasses against blue lightBlue light goggles help reduce fatigue and eye strain when using screens. They feature yellow tinted lenses and can be worn all day to minimize headaches as well. In the survey, more than one in four workers (26.6%) would have liked to wear them.
A drawer unit for storageAlmost one in five homeworkers (18.6%) would have liked to have a record. As an example, the above locking drawer locker on casters can hold up to 150kg of supplies. Enough to guarantee a tidy workspace.
A multifunction printer to do it allMore than half (51.4%) of those surveyed say they have a scanner at home. However, nearly one in five people don't and would like to have one. The Lexmark CX421 color laser multifunction printer, pictured above, offers - in addition to printing - scanning, faxing and photocopying. Enough to facilitate your administrative tasks
Noise-canceling headphones to concentrateIf you share your space with other teleworkers, a headset equipped with noise-canceling may be useful. It will allow you to concentrate better, despite the ambient noise, and to stay productive.
Headphones for those who don't want headphonesFor those who don't like headphones, there are also good quality in-ear headphones, which help reduce background noise.
An external hard drive for your backupsIf you need to store files offline, or if your internet connection is not fast enough to work directly in the cloud, then the use of an external hard drive is essential. You can use it to save critical files, or make copies for your archives. Choose a model suitable for the operating system you are using, and take the largest quantity available. Believe me, it will be full soon.
An external monitor to see the big pictureIf telecommuting is becoming the norm for you, then a big screen will help you be more productive. According to the survey, one in ten teleworkers (12.3%) say they would like to have a second screen.