For many of us, the current coronavirus pandemic has disrupted our normal way of life, including the way we work. To protect the public good, more and more businesses are asking their employees to stay home and work remotely. Now, while the idea of telecommuting might sound appealing from both a safety and convenience standpoint—no more crowded subway, huzzah!—there are many challenges that come with working remotely, especially with regard to equipment and setup.
That’s where we come in.
Since 1973, B&H has been a beacon of customer support in good times and bad, during periods of prosperity and even now, in the challenging age of COVID-19. But no matter the difficulty or circumstance, B&H remains dedicated to serving our customers above all else, whether it’s selecting the right equipment for a particular task or outfitting your brand-new, CDC-approved conference room. Our top priority is always you, the customer.
So, with that in mind, let’s talk strategy for working from home.
Home Office Area
The ideal home office varies from person to person, not only in terms of the equipment you need, but also the space itself. Some people work best in a quiet, secluded area, while others can focus just fine in a raucous living room with music blaring and the TV up loud. There is no right or wrong home office, only one that’s right or wrong for you. They key is knowing what type of home office setup works best for you.
If you’ve never telecommuted before, you might have to try a couple of different setups to find the one that fits, but it’s an important preliminary step. The best home office equipment in the world won’t help a lick if you can’t concentrate on your work.
Home Office Equipment
Once you’ve established where your home office is going to be, you’ll want to make a list of the equipment you’re going to need to work remotely. A good way to do that is to run through what a normal day in the office looks like and the equipment you use. To help get you started, consider this list of common home office equipment:
· Computer & Monitor
· Computer Keyboard and Accessories
· Networking Equipment
· Teleconferencing Equipment
· Office Supplies
· Office Furniture
Do I Need New Equipment?
After you’ve made your home office equipment list, do a quick inventory to see what you own. Hopefully, you already have most, if not all, of the items on your list. A question that might come up after taking inventory is whether or not you need to buy new equipment. The honest answer is: maybe.
Another question to ask yourself is whether or not your home office requires equipment that you don’t usually use in the office. For instance, if your home office gets a little busy, but you work better in a quiet environment, then noise-canceling headphones might be considered a necessary piece of your home office equipment. Answering those questions will help you decide whether or not you need new equipment for your home office.
And, of course, if you have additional questions about what type of home office equipment you might need, which model is best for what applications, and so on, our chat lines remain open and ready to help.