Flexible work arrangements are one of the most in-demand work perks that younger employees ask for when looking for new jobs.
If you're looking to spend more time away from office and still move your projects forward, a well-equipped home office is your key to a productive and happy workday.
Here are some of the best tools for working remotely from home.
Best Tools for Remote Workers
1. High-speed internet
There are many options that can provide high-speed internet connection, including DSL and gigabit fiber, which are hard-wired networks. They’re also the best internet for working from home, in terms of consistency and coverage.
For those working in rural areas where no hard-wired infrastructure exists, there are fixed wireless and satellite plans to consider.
Your internet service provider will most likely provide a wireless router as part of your internet plan. If you want to set up your own router, look for devices that have multiple LAN ports and at least two wireless bands.
Also consider whether Wi-Fi or an Ethernet connection is a better option for you. Wi-Fi allows you the freedom to work from different locations in your home, while Ethernet tends to be a faster and more reliable way to connect to your router.
A laptop is important for working away from office, and HP® has several models that are portable and powerful. Higher-end laptops can render video, edit photos, and perform other heavy tasks smoothly.
For more robust processing needs, HP business-class workstation performs well in any environment with the same features you’ve come to love from your desktop PC.
A desktop lets you connect to more than one display for twice the productivity, all while harnessing more processing power and speed for the money.
With multiple USB slots, and options for optical disc drives and card readers, you’ll spend less on accessories. You’ll also want to consider including a webcam and high-quality headset if you have to attend face-to-face meetings with your colleagues.
All-in-One computers combine a tower and monitor in one slim product. This is great for small workspaces as not only are these PCs streamlined, they’re also plug-and-play ready right out of the box.
They offer the same reliability as the larger desktops but have fewer parts to connect. You’ll have less to worry about with your shopping list because compatibility between components has been figured out for you.
One way to ensure your company data is always secured, invest in a reliable antivirus and internet protection product. Many services available today offer a suite of solutions, including firewall protection, virus scan, and safe browsing options.
Others even include a VPN for creating your own secure network at home. Before you start doing work at home on your own computer, make sure to install updated security tools.
6. Dedicated phone line
To avoid unnecessary interruptions, it's smart to get a separate line for business matters. This line may be required for positions that make a lot of calls, such as customer service managers or sales reps.
You have many choices available, from a traditional landline to a VoIP (voice over internet protocol).
Today’s home office desks come in a range of styles, from simple rectangles to luxurious L-shapes. Consider a standing desk for times when you want a healthier option to sitting.
Your chair plays an important role too. Don’t overlook how it affects your posture and go for one with ergonomic features to avoid potential health issues in the long term.
8. Backup storage
If you only keep all your documents and projects in your computer, you may be putting your company's important data at risk. In addition to backing up your work to your hard drive, use at least one external option.
A physical backup device works well, but cloud storage may be more appropriate for those who work away from office.
9. Office software suite
A complete office suite can give you word processing, spreadsheets, slideshow presentations, and email applications in one bundle. The most common option is Microsoft Office, which costs money but is often included with many new computers.
Google Drive is completely free with some storage limits, making it a popular choice for businesses that embrace a remote workforce.
If you’re a full-time employee, your company may cover the essential costs or simply buy the equipment outright for you.
Your employer may have additional guidance on how the future of work will affect the must-haves you’ll want to include in your home office.
Use these remote working tools as a guide to what you need to work from home and maintain the highest level of productivity.
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