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#LifeGoesOnline transformation sets in, work-from-home migrants
are learning that setting up a home office may be a little trickier
than they first thought. From tech setup to interior decoration,
there's a lot of little adjustments that can make a huge difference.
Rather than taking the trial-and-error approach to home relocation,
here’s a list of tired and wired” trends that you can use to avoid
common mistakes and make the most of your time working remotely:
Tired: The Spare Room. There's a reason you don't go
into that windowless, cramped cubbyhole of a room. Many people are
setting up their home offices in the most convenient spot, usually the
last space in the house without any good furniture, only to find their
productivity dives and their drive decreases.
Wired: The Sunny Room. Let the sunshine in! According
toa study cited by Psychology Today, participates
were observed to be more productive when in sunlit areas. Further,
those working in sunnier areas reported fewer occurrences of physical
problems and increased quality of life. So try dragging that desk out
of the “dungeon” and pull it out into the bedroom, the living room, or
even the kitchen; wherever there is more invigorating light.
Tired: Wireless Internet Connection. Nothing beats
the freedom of wireless. Your personal laptop may have never even been
plugged into an ethernet connection even once; however, when
bandwidth-hungry applications start running, it’s easy to tell which
person on the on a stuttery video conference isn’t plugged into a
high-speed source. Not a great look on an important virtual meeting.
Wired: Wired Connection. You just can't beat a hard
connection for internet speed. There are several reasons for this, but
in general, wired internet has less lag, disconnects less frequently,
and is generally better for cybersecurity. Try moving your router or
modem with hardwire distance of your workspace, or set your desk near
the modem or ethernet port.
Tired: Self-Conscious Video Conferencing. Do you ever
cringe when the computer camera kicks on and you see your face flash
on the screen? You’re not alone. Most people hate the way
they look during video conferences.According to an informal survey done by video
conference software vendor Highfive, the most common complaints people
had about regarding their on-camera appearance were their hair (35
percent), facial expression (39 percent), teeth (24 percent), dark
eyes, (24 percent) and double chin (22 percent). When you're looking
bad and feeling self-conscious, it's hard to inspire confidence in others.
Wired: Confident Conferencing. The truth is that
almost everyone looks bad in a video conference. It may not
be your face's fault, nor even the cheap camera’s. The main culprit,
most always, is poor lighting.
Don’t worry; getting the right light is an easy fix. Here are a few
lighting tricks to get you looking more professional:
Tired: Piecemeal, Improvised Set Up. Most people are
having a go at DIY home communications set up, only to find their
telecommunicating technical difficulties regularly fill up half the
squares on a video-conference bingo card (“Sorry, I was
having technical issues, etc.”)
Home tech setup times can drag too, with many apps being installed
on an as-needed (read: last-minute) basis. While many people are
forgiving of technical difficulties during the transition, delays
can get frustrating, especially for the conference-savvy VIPs you’re
most often trying to impress.
Wired: Turnkey Set Up by Pros. A newer, valuable
service has emerged during this outbreak: low-cost
home-office-in-a-box tech setups from tech companies and telecoms.
For less than $100 in most areas, you can get a complete phone and
teleconference solution set up in less than one hour. Features vary,
but the best services will handle implement conference bridges, file
sharing, whiteboarding, and call handling, all at once.
Although the quarantine is temporary, the massive "work from
home" experiment may finally prove that normal, functioning
adults can be counted on to work remotely without issue. That might
lead to more home office options in the future.
As such, it’ll pay off to set up your space thoughtfully and with
the right tech from the get-go. Set up facing the light, get your
stage in place, and look for a technology partner who can take care
of the tech so you can be at your WFH best.
When collaboration can’t wait,
. Share your tips for working during COVID-19 on Twitter with
the #LifeGoesOnline hashtag.
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