If you are a remote or hybrid worker this article will be of great benefit to you. Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, many of us have experienced changes in working practice as the result of national lockdowns and restrictions of movement. It seems likely that even once the pandemic is just a distant memory, the models of hybrid or even fully remote working will continue. This is because they offer employees more flexibility to approach their working lives and allow us to gain a greater control over our work life balances. In fact, 62% of population would like to continue working from home at least some of the time once the pandemic has fully ended. To ensure that working from home remains both pleasurable and effective there are some key pieces of technology that you can harness to achieve this. This article describes three key pieces of home office tech that do just that.
High quality printers
Having a dedicated home office printer should be a top priority for any remote worker. There will always be circumstances where a report needs to be printed off or a key PowerPoint presentation needs to be prepared, printed and presented at a team away day or formal meeting. Having a high quality printer such as those that can be found in the Lenovo printers for home offices range will ensure that you can print out professional quality documents quickly from your home office. In addition, modern home office printers tend to be compact (which is great if you have limited space for your home office) and tend to work with a minimum of noise which can ensure that you are not distracted as you work.
Upgrade your router
All home offices will require internet access to allow web surfing, connecting to the company’s intranet and some work applications. Whilst it is highly likely that most homes will have good quality and fast internet access it is also likely that the router you use is the one that was supplied when you first set up your home network. Modern routers have improved significantly against their older counterparts and are able to cope with the ever-increasing amounts of home tech that require an internet connection to function. It can be a worthwhile investment to upgrade your old router, especially if your home office is in an area of your home that does not have a good signal at present. Here are some of the best routers in 2022 that boast improved home coverage and better connection speeds.
For virtual meetings
Working from home still typically requires the need to be present in meetings, even if they tend to be virtual in nature for the main part. It makes sense to invest in a good quality headset with built in microphone that will allow you to speak and listen in high fidelity. Few things are worse in the remote working world than attending a meeting and struggling to hear what is said due to poor quality audio, and for some meetings it is important for confidentiality reasons that headphones are used rather than using your computers built in speakers and microphone. Choose a lightweight headset that is comfortable to wear for extended meetings or video calls and delivers clear sound with a good quality microphone that ensures you can be heard effectively.