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IT Equipment You Need for Remote Working
Now remote working is fairly common in the UK; it is important to consider creating the right environment in order for you to be able to work comfortably and productively. There is a range of equipment out there, however, we are going to talk you through the essential ones to build your office.
30% of the UK workforce is working remotely at least once a week.
Having a desk for remote working, means you are creating yourself a dedicated space for work which can help you focus more easily. You don’t necessarily need a whole room if you have no space for it, but the desk should be placed in a quiet room. However, just using a standard desk can be bad for your health; especially if you work long hours. It can lead to health issues such as heart disease and diabetes.
Therefore, it has been recommended to start investing in standing desks too. A standing desk could be either a stand-alone desk or you could purchase it as an attachment to the desk you already have. Standing desks are good for your health because it allows you to move and circulates blood; which can lead to increased productivity. Another benefit of standing desks is that they come in a range of sizes therefore you can easily find one to accommodate the space you have. Standing desks can also be moved around easily, providing you greater flexibility when choosing where you want to work in your home.
A comfortable chair for remote working, is key when working remotely because this is likely to be where you will spend the majority of your time. An ergonomic chair means they are designed by size, position, and texture so you can sit comfortably. Health experts state it is not healthy to be sat down all day therefore it is wise to invest in a chair that can support you better. Ergonomic chairs have been found to prevent back pain. With these seats you can adjust the:
To work from home effectively you are going to need a powerful laptop with good memory and battery life. A laptop is also a good idea because many people enjoy working in various places such as coffee shops for a change of scenery, helping improve the flexibility of where you can work. We would always recommend using a VPN on work laptops so all activity on the device is encrypted. Along with the laptop. You should invest in an appropriate bag to carry it around to prevent any damage whilst you are working on the go. The type of laptop you will need depends on your job therefore it is best to research into the qualities you are sure you need your laptop to be able to do.
A headset is a good idea when remote working, because you can listen to meetings, training videos and colleagues much easier and clearer. The sound quality will be higher for people you are speaking to, compared to you speaking through your laptop, which means it can help you communicate more effectively.
If you are working from home we would recommend headsets that have features such as noise-cancelling and Bluetooth. Noise-cancelling can be good if you live in a lively household or busy area because it allows you to focus on work rather than your surroundings. Bluetooth headsets can be suitable if you like to move around whilst you are working or prefer a clear desk whilst working without having to deal with cables.
A monitor can be useful because it allows you to open multiple applications at once and work on both simultaneously. Research from Microsoft suggests that adding a 2nd screen to your workspace can help increase productivity from 9% up to 50%! If you work from home a lot, just using a laptop screen can be difficult because they are much smaller, and you could potentially strain your eyes focusing on the small screen constantly. Therefore the addition of a 2nd screen will be much more comfortable for you.
We would recommend always taking the time to look at the size of the screen you are wanting to get; to ensure you have sufficient space for it. A bonus of a second screen is that you can dedicate screens to different tasks, compare documents side by side and manage applications/workloads much easier. If your work involves a lot of writing and research, we would strongly suggest getting a monitor.
The final piece of equipment we are going to talk about is a webcam; laptop webcams often have poor sound and video quality. This is not ideal if you are spending a lot of your workday in meetings, talks, webinars, or training. However, it is worth noting that not every webcam will work with every laptop. Therefore, you should check your computer system and the requirements of the webcam to ensure they are compatible. Most webcams will have a minimum processor speed, memory, and have hard drive requirements. You will want a video capture resolution of at least 720p.
The benefits of a webcam include you can adjust it to wherever you feel is most suitable. In addition to this, it can help you come across as more professional through the audio and visual quality.
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