Working from home is just a dream situation for millions of workers but if the time comes and you find that you need to manage by staying at home, you’ll quickly realize that it’s not a dream anymore as you imagined. Working from home can be a positive and rewarding experience if you, your family and your employer, do it right.
Go for What You Need
Ask the employer for what you need if you’re asked to work from home, especially if it is temporary relocation. Things to ask your employer include:
- USB Hub
- Wireless Mouse
- Wireless Keyboard
- Any Software/Applications needed
- Printer (if required)
Just think about the things you stock in your cabinet and so you stock in your home workspace. Ask for whatever you think you will be required to do your job.
Set up an Appropriate workspace
It is an essential requirement when you are working from home. You may feel comfortable working with your feet up on the couch but it gets uncomfortable fast. Mold a space out in your home where you can leave your work materials, even when you are not at work. Make sure there are plenty of power outlets in your spot. The area should be a quiet space out of the main traffic flow of the house and ensure you are away from all potential distractions.
Equip Your Workspace
Either you are working from home temporarily for a few days or a few weeks, you won’t want to spend a lot of money on your workspace. So, stick on to “the can’t live without essentials “. The essentials include:
● The home computer
● A good chair
● A headphones/headsets
● An extra monitor
● Extra computer power adapters/mouse/keyboards
Your Internet and Wi-Fi Should Meet Your Needs
The bandwidth you have at home is probably slower than what you are used to at the office. Test your internet speed at home by test streaming, web conferencing file uploads and downloads in the location you have planned to use for home office. For increasing your internet speed try tweaking some settings and if that doesn’t show up, call your service provider and request a temporary increase in internet speed.
Ensure that your temporary office setup is in an area with strong Wi-Fi coverage. If required consider installing a mesh network to improve the coverage
Setting up Expectations
Depending on your job sometimes you may not have access to all the same things you can do at the office so it might take longer to get in touch with people or to find the information you require. Communicate potential delays with co-workers, clients, and supervisors. Set expectations for yourself and people who occupy the same space you do, too. It includes setting up boundaries for your family and allotting time for your work.
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