So it seems many of us will be working from home again, just as we got back into the swing of office working again (and wearing clothes other than pj’s and comfy jogging bottoms). Maybe after two years of trying to negotiate working safely through a pandemic it’s time to accept that home working might become far more popular and necessary for some time to come. This means you might need to look at your current home working set up and see if there are any tweaks you can make to help ensure your tech is up to the task.
Tech that does the housework while you work
Robot vacuum cleaners allow you to get on with your work while they clean up. A great option for a time crunched household. There are a range of machines available at various price points.
Block out the background noise
Noise distractions can really affect your productivity making noise cancelling headphones a great option if you work from home (or a busy office).
Invest in a laptop stand
If you’ve been working on your laptop for prolonged periods of time while sitting on the sofa the chances are you’ve experienced that all too familiar pain associated with neck strain. It’s a common complaint but is easy to remedy with an inexpensive laptop stand. The stand will improve your posture as you work from your laptop as well as helping to keep your device cooler by allowing better airflow.
Ergonomic wireless mouse and keyboard
Working on a laptop is fine for small amounts of time but the trackpad and keyboard are really not ergonomic so we’d recommend a wireless mouse and keyboard if you’re going to be working from home more regularly.
Buy a separate webcam
The standard cameras that are installed in laptops don’t really cut the mustard for office video calls so you might want to get a standalone webcam. It will give a better picture as well as being much easier to position just where you want it rather than trying to mess about with the angle and position of your laptop.
Check your internet is up to scratch
If you’re going to be working from home you really need to make sure your broadband and Wi-Fi are up to the job. Make sure the firmware for your router is up to date and if your router is old, you should consider an upgrade.
Backup your data
Make sure you store your data securely with an external hard drive or to the cloud.
Install Anti-Virus software
Make sure it’s turned on and up to date and ensure that your operating system is the latest version.
Always remember to take regular breaks when working from home and set yourself a finish time (and try to stick to it). Contact File Genie for support, repairs, or advice with your home office tech.