If the past few years have taught us anything, it’s that life can be unpredictable. From the emergence of COVID-19 to the lockdown that followed, a lot has been affected—most notably, the world of work.
To continue running during the viral outbreak, many businesses requested that their employees work from home. Although the lockdown has since been lifted, the preference for remote working has remained. Data shows that 25% of businesses in the US have moved to remote models, with this percentage likely to increase further in 2023.
While this new form of working has cut down on transport costs and the need for business trousers, it’s simultaneously increased the stress on employees to have a proper remote system in place at home.
Many things go into ensuring that you’re able to work from your house or flat in a productive and healthy manner. Leg aches, strained eyes, and back pain are just some of the afflictions you might face—but this can all be avoided if proper steps are taken.
So, here are five essential pieces of equipment for those working remotely in 2023.
1. A dedicated office space
When working from home, one thing that many overlook is the need for an appropriate and productive office space—and no, this doesn’t mean the dining room table!
Chances are you’ll spend a large portion of your day here, and you’ll be expected to produce the same standard of work you do in the office. That means finding a space that isn’t too close to the family dog or kitchen blender. The key is to pick a place devoid of noise and distractions so these don’t interfere with your work calls or negatively impact your output.
Your office will probably need a lot of electrical equipment, so ensure it’s situated in a room with plenty of sockets. If you’ve found a place in your home that ticks all your other boxes but doesn’t have a plug close by, worry not. An electrician can easily install one and assist with any other electrical queries you may have.
2. The right PC or laptop
This is something you probably have thought of already, but it’s crucial to pick the right laptop or PC. This will differ depending on your individual preferences and requirements.
Touchscreen capabilities, a good amount of storage, a large screen, relatively cheap—all these are examples of things you may want when buying a new device. A slow laptop, for example, will not only hinder work and waste time but can be frustrating so is something you want to avoid. Luckily, there are many sites to help you narrow down which PC or laptop will be best for you.
It’s not only the computer that matters. The software products you install can also aid in ensuring an efficient system for things such as document control (if you’re not sure what this is, here’s an article from Make explaining document control).
3. An ergonomic chair
For most of your work day, the likelihood is that you’ll be sitting down, so it’s important to pick a seating option that will provide comfort and encourage productivity.
If you’ve ever experienced back, neck, or shoulder pain from being behind a desk all day, this is one for you. An ergonomic chair has adjustable features that can help minimize the physical discomfort that comes with sitting in one spot for long periods.
With a headrest, backrest, and adjustable seat height, ergonomic chairs can be tailored to suit your specific needs. In the long run, increased comfort can help improve productivity, so it’s worth investing in a model that’s been designed with your needs in mind.
4. A surge protector on your switchboard
This is a complex-sounding term, but its meaning is simple. The electrical devices you own, be they PCs, TVs, etc. can only handle a certain amount of voltage, but sometimes there are spikes that can damage these electrical appliances and, in the worst cases, cause fires.
If you’re worried about the worst happening and want to safeguard your workspace and avoid an electrical emergency, surge protectors are the answer. Use them to protect your equipment from voltage spikes and the damage they can cause.
5. Tools for communication
Despite working from home, you still need to be able to converse with colleagues, your boss, and clients. This may seem daunting, but with the correct tools in place, your setup should perform without a hitch. This extends to virtual meetings as well as phone calls.
Everybody needs a good quality app to conduct virtual meetings that’s also easy to use. For all the techie dinosaurs out there, it’s important to set up and install software that facilitates high-quality video calls, and due to the difficulties posed by lockdown, there are lots of them out there. Do your research to help you choose from the plethora of apps that are designed to support a smooth-running web conference meeting without audio static or a blurry screen.
Of course, virtual meetings aren’t the only way to communicate from home—you can also use phone calls. Just like virtual meetings, there are many phone services that can help small businesses to continue working remotely post-pandemic. Certainly, the use of small business phone services is something that can push your remote working to the next level.
So, there’s our rundown of the five must-have pieces of equipment to help you work remotely in 2023. Of course, there are also many other things that can ensure you continue to function in an efficient and productive way even when working from your spare bedroom!
There are also lots of tips for remote work processes out there, and it’s well worth doing your research to help you optimize your workflows.
Whether you’re looking to start working remotely or have already begun and just want tips for improving the way you do things, read the above post and try implementing some of our advice. You’ll definitely thank us for it when you see your productivity start to soar.