From finding the right internet plan to setting up a focus-friendly, ergonomic workspace, you have plenty to consider when it comes to working remotely. Follow these tips to enjoy remote work flexibility without compromising your productivity.
No one wants to deal with eye strain, neck problems or carpal tunnel. To do your best work no matter where you are, you need an ergonomic and efficient workspace.
1. Invest in a supportive chair. If you’re spending most of your work day sitting in a chair, you’d better make sure it’s a good one. Look for a chair with an adjustable seat height and armrests. You might also want a lumbar support cushion for your lower back.
2. Set up your equipment with ergonomics in mind. Place your monitor about an arm’s length away from your face and make sure you can comfortably view it with your head in a neutral position. Adjust your chair so your knees are roughly level with your hips, which might require a footrest – even a short stool or a few books will do. For typing, keep your wrists straight and your hands at or below elbow level.
Loud roommates, laundry and loneliness can all affect your remote work experience, but with some clear communication and boundaries, you can handle it all with ease.
3. Maintain consistent working hours. It’s easy to get distracted or let work take over your whole day when working remotely. Setting a specific schedule for work time can help you avoid burnout and ensure you’re maintaining healthy work boundaries.
4. Set ground rules for household members. Clearly communicate when you are and aren’t open to interruptions from those around you. You might even want to post your schedule in a common area of the home to remind everyone what your working hours are.
5. Be intentional about connecting with your team. Company culture is still important in a hybrid or remote work environment, and working remotely can get lonely. Find opportunities to check in with team members outside of typical meetings, from a quick encouraging message to a group video chat over lunch.
The quality and reliability of your hardware, software and broadband connection can make or break your productivity for remote work. Is your home office equipped for your needs?
6. Ensure you have quality technology equipment. Don’t let an outdated computer or unreliable keyboard hinder your productivity. Make sure you have the technology you need to do your best work, troubleshoot any issues and fix or replace components as needed over time.
7. Keep your software up to date. Updates not only improve performance and add new features, they may also fix security vulnerabilities. Keep things secure and running smoothly by checking for software updates regularly.
8. Consider an upgraded internet plan. Even the latest technology and more current software can’t make up for a lackluster broadband connection. Getting a higher connection with both increased download and upload speeds can improve video conferencing when you’re connecting with colleagues or clients remotely. And if you're running a business out of your home office, consider a business internet or phone plan, so you don't compete for bandwidth with your roommates or family.
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