How to Set Up Your Successful Remote Working Setup
How to Set Up Your Successful Remote Working Setup
These days, an unprecedented number of people are working from home due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Now that it has been established as a norm, it is likely that we will keep seeing high numbers of people working from home. With the right tools and resources, working at your house can be just as productive as working in the office.
Keep reading for a list of the technology available for creating the best remote working setup possible.
Remote Desktop or Network Drive
A lot of people who transition into working from home struggle with being away from their work computer. Is there anything worse than realizing that the file you need is on a different hard drive?
To avoid this hassle, your work from home set up should include a remote desktop or network drive. These things allow you to access your work materials from anywhere. Microsoft and Apple both have their own versions of remote desktops, if you use either of these systems.
But another great option is using a network drive.
A network drive is accessible via your company network. This means that you have access from multiple different computers, as though the file were local to your computer drive. Different users can access the same files from any location.
Therefore, it’s easy to start working from anywhere. It also means you can share files easily with others without having to worry about security breaches. If you map a network drive, you can achieve easy access to particular files by designating them a space within your drive.
Video Conference Technology and Webcams
Sometimes you need to have a face-to-face conversation with someone, even when you are working from home. In these situations, it pays to have good video conference technology.
Video conference apps allow you to have conversations or conferences face to face. Leading telecommunication apps include Zoom and Microsoft Teams.
Installing these apps on your computer is an easy download. But it is important to make sure that your whole team uses the same software. These video conference apps will usually offer a deal of some kind for group purchases.
If your computer doesn’t come with a webcam, you’ll need to purchase one. Being visible at a virtual conference and looking good is now synonymous with professionalism. Choose a webcam that has high visual quality.
Smart Keyboards and Speakers
You’ve had a traditional keyboard forever, and maybe some speakers as well. But you are doing yourself a disservice if you don’t invest in smart versions of each of these things.
Smart speakers do more than just amplify your volume. You can also ask them questions and receive weather updates. They become helpful additions to your workflow.
Additionally, if you like to listen to music while you work, it makes sense to invest in nice speakers with good audio quality.
Smart or mechanical keyboards are good additions to your work from home setup if you type a lot for your job. Regular keyboards are not as responsive as smart keyboards, and laptop keyboards are very small. Mechanical keyboards are reputed to increase your efficiency and speed while typing.
Additionally, many of them come with attached volume controls, so you can adjust your volume by simply touching a dial on your keyboard.
Project Management Tools
If you work remotely but are still part of a team, you know how difficult it can be to accomplish group tasks if you don’t have the right tools. Fortunately, there are a lot of apps you can use to make your work from home setup easy and efficient.
Your office should purchase either Monday or Basecamp. These are two leading project management software programs for remote workers. Both have extensive room for storing data, messaging, and file-sharing abilities.
The nice thing about Basecamp is that you can subscribe for a flat yearly rate. Monday ends up being more expensive with a month to month price. But Monday is known for visually organizing multiple projects at once, and showing who is working on them.
Easy Communication Tools
When you are working in the office and need to talk to someone, you just lean over your cubicle and start a conversation. That becomes a lot more difficult when your team is spread out over a large geographic area.
Calling someone on the phone lacks a visual component, and email conversations are halting and lengthy. So what you need is a communication tool that makes communication easy, instant, and effortless.
Leading in the work sphere right now is Slack. But tools like GroupMe and Mattermost have similar capabilities.
Essentially, Slack and others are communication platforms that allow for instant messaging to your whole team or to individual team members. They are accessible via a phone app and easy to pull up on your desktop. Having easy access to this platform is the closest you can get to being in the same room as your coworkers.
Additionally, these platforms have sharing capability for digital files. You won’t have to spend any more time sifting through old email chains to get the document you need.
Your Most Advanced Remote Working Setup
Many people complain that their remote working setup is more difficult to manage or use than their work environment. But with modern technological ability, there’s no reason that should ever be the case. By investing in the above tools, your work from home setup will become professional-grade in no time.
Keep reading about the best tools for an easy workflow in our Technology section.