The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed how we live and work. Consequently, businesses, organisations, individuals, and public institutions have implemented work-from-home arrangements, in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus.
However, working from home comes with a unique set of challenges. And this means that you will need a unique set of tools to tackle these challenges. Fortunately, there are numerous softwares and ergonomic equipments, which can help you to work from home more effectively. They include:
Working from home requires reliable and fast internet access. And when it comes to setting up a mobile hotspot for your home office, you have two main options. While you can create a hotspot on your smartphone, this method will drain your phone’s battery quite fast.
And this is where portable modems come in. With a portable modem, you can easily create a wireless hotspot and then connect your laptop or desktop.
REMOTE DESKTOP SOFTWARE
When you are working from home, you may want to access a computer that is located at your company’s office or another location. Fortunately, you don’t have to go there physically, thanks to remote desktop software. With remote desktop software, you can connect to any computer in a remote location, as long as the computer has remote access.
If your computer is running on Windows, then Microsoft already has a desktop client for remote connections. On the other hand, if you are using a MacBook, then you can use the Apple Remote Desktop. Other options to consider include Chrome Remote Desktop and Team Viewer.
If you are part of a remote working team, you will need to keep in touch with your colleagues, wherever they are. Without a seamless means of communication, people will lose touch or even fail to complete work on time.
Fortunately, there are numerous communication tools that you can use to keep in touch with the rest of your team. They include Slack, Aircall, and Zoom, just to name a few.
Various things can distract you when you are working from home. For instance, you may find yourself spending valuable hours visiting time-wasting sites or constantly checking your email. And if you are not careful, you may never get any work done.
The good news is that there are numerous tools and browser extensions, which can help to temporarily block some websites, thus boosting your work from home productivity. Apart from tools, you can also use the Pomodoro Technique, which entails working straight for 25 minutes, and then taking a 5-minute break.
ONLINE OFFICE SUITS
Over the last couple of years, office suites have been moving from installed software to online connected apps. Microsoft already has such a suite, known as Microsoft Office Online. It’s more of a web-based version of the Microsoft Office suite, with programs such as Excel, Word, OneNote, and PowerPoint. Google also has a similar package, known as the G-Suite.
It features slides, sheets, and Docs. With these online office suites, remote workers don’t have to keep sending files back and forth for editing. You just need to share the file with your team members, and they can make their own edits in real-time.
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At IT Support 4U, we know that the COVID-19 pandemic may have disrupted your operations, and we are here to help. We offer on-site, off-site and remote IT solutions and manage IT services and support to individuals and businesses in Wicklow, Ireland.
Get in touch with us today for reliable, affordable and efficient IT support services. Email us [email protected] or call 0404-62773 / 01-9015737 and we can get things started for you.