Some people have found that they can work for hours on end at home without too many problems. However, for other people who are just now starting out with working from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, working in their new remote home office can be a significant adjustment.
Your kids are yelling in the other room. You can barely hear your employees on the conference call because of poor sound quality. To top it all off, you don’t have one chair in the house that’s comfortable enough to work in.
We hear you—working remotely has its benefits, but it also has many challenges. Because there’s no telling how long the coronavirus will keep us working from home, we’ve compiled a list of the best gadgets to improve productivity and make working remotely easier.
Standing Desk Converter
A standing desk may sound like a costly investment. Plus, if you already have a desk, you might not think you have enough room for it. Instead of buying a whole standing desk, look for desk converters, which you can place on top of any existing desk to make standing an option.
A standing desk converter is ideal if you aren’t sure whether you want to stand full-time. You don’t have to commit to using it for 8 hours a day. Instead, you can stand to stretch during a conference call or in the middle of your afternoon slump. Then, return to sitting when you need a break.
If you have to contend with loud neighbors, bored children, or unwanted outside noise, consider investing in a good pair of noise-canceling headphones. You’ll likely find yourself using these headphones beyond the home office.
Quality noise-canceling headphones can be a sound investment for frequent travelers, fitness junkies, or anyone who wants to drown outside static for a personal concert.
You can also invest in a headphone-microphone set if you want something that can pick up your voice while cutting out background noise. This equipment is essential for people in sales positions or employees who want to sound professional even when they are home. It is hard to listen to a sales pitch if the presenter’s voice cuts out or gets overshadowed by a screaming child or barking dog.
On the low-end, you can get a pair of headphones for under $50 that will get you through the pandemic. However, if you see yourself working remotely more frequently and want this purchase to be an investment, you can buy a quality pair for $350 or more.
Lumbar Support Cushions
The wrong chair can cause back pain, headaches, posture problems, and other issues that last long after you clock out for the day. If you are working at the kitchen table during the pandemic or in a makeshift office, order a lumbar cushion or other office chair support system. You may even want to order an office chair that you can use if you need to work from home again.
If you and your significant other are both working from home, you may try to work in different areas of the house to prevent distractions. Similarly, your kids might need to use the internet in another spot to do their schoolwork. Your Wi-Fi may not be able to extend throughout the house and keep everyone’s gadgets running equally.
If one part of the house has slower Wi-Fi than the rest, get a Wi-Fi extender or booster. This device can give your wireless connection the extra life it needs so everyone can log on wherever they are.
If you’re looking for a simple Wi-Fi extender, you can expect to pay between $20 and $40, but if you want to cover the entire house, you might want to consider a mesh system that can be upward of $200 or more but is far more efficient and the investment won’t be a waste.
More and more things in the home call for Internet access – home assistants like Alexa, streaming gaming platforms like Google Stadia, smart gadgets and much more – so better WiFi will never be a bad thing.
When you work remotely, it’s not easy to run a few papers over to a co-worker or ask your boss for a signature. Fortunately, a desk scanner can help you quickly scan papers and send them to your team members so they have the content they need. If you want to go paperless in your remote office, a desk scanner is a good place to begin your transition.
These scanners don’t take up as much space as you would think. This option is ideal if you have a limited room and don’t want to buy bulky office equipment just for the pandemic. Plus, you can pick a scanner up for less than $40 at Staples or Office Depot.
If you are looking for a more advanced desk scanner, their prices range from above $100 to almost $300.
Find What Works for You
You don’t need to buy all of these gadgets to work from home successfully. Instead, identify a few problems you have and see if any of these options can solve them. For example, if you have a hard time hearing webinars and speaking up during conference calls, then a more advanced headset and microphone could significantly improve your productivity.
Need help with your WiFi or Internet connectivity problems? Contact us, we’ll be happy to help determine your options for improvement in your home.