Remote Working Solutions
13 March 2020
COVID-19 is dominating the news cycle, and indeed the psyche of the entire world right now. The global economy is taking a beating, financial markets are in turmoil, and all sorts of drastic measures are being implemented to prevent the spread of the virus. Many companies are requiring workers to work from home. If you’re looking to set up a home workspace, or you have been forced to self-isolate, you’ll need the right tools and equipment to continue to do your job properly.
Many workers have laptops already, though many of them are old clunkers. There’s no better reason to pick up a brand new one from our range. The last thing you want is an old laptop restricting your ability to work and stay connected with your colleagues. Mwave has a full range of laptops to choose from. If you’re after something lightweight and portable or whether you just want something basic, Mwave has a model to suit you.
Notebooks to suit your needs
Consider the Microsoft Surface. It’s got a stunning design but lacks none of the power that you’ll need to stay on top of your creativity and productivity tasks. If you simply need to stay in touch with your colleagues, or whether you need the power to finish a critical project from home, there’s a Surface to suit.
Perhaps your workplace uses Mac systems? If you’ve been asked to work from home, then, of course, you’ll need to something to integrate with your workplace infrastructure, and for that, you’ll need a MacBook. MacBook’s are certainly beautiful, but they’ve always had the professionals’ needs in mind, making it easier to take your work home with you.
Don’t forget the rest of Mwave’s range of business laptops, especially if your workplace makes use of everyday Windows apps. You generally won’t need a super-powerful machine for more basic office productivity tasks, thankfully! On the other hand, there are models designed for creative professionals that have colour-accurate screens, Quadro graphics cards and desktop-level performance. Let’s hope that your workplace will pay for your new laptop!
A PC for a new home office?
If you’re likely to be working from home for the foreseeable future, which may well be the case if the virus continues to spread, then you may be considering setting up a dedicated home office. In fact, a change of lifestyle of this magnitude may actually lead to you working from home more and more in the future.
A home business PC generally doesn’t need things like a gaming graphics card or RGB lighting. In fact, even a basic NUC machine may be perfect for the job. You will definitely want to include an SSD though, as this is one of the best ways to make a PC ‘feel’ fast. And don’t forget the importance of a good quality monitor too. You’ll be spending a lot of time looking at it. You might even want to go for two or three screens which really helps if you’re multi-tasking, perhaps with a Skype Window open, email client, office apps and other specific applications, all at the same time. You may well need a desk or multi monitor arm to suit. Don’t forget the importance of good ergonomics. Sitting at a desk for long periods means comfort is vital, so you’ll need a good chair.
At the other end of the spectrum, there are plenty of workstation PCs that feature high-end CPUs. If you’re using software that’s capable, you could even consider something powered by an AMD Threadripper or Intel X-Series 10th generation i9 CPU, which will accelerate your workflows, but only if you have software that can make use of their power.
The accessories you’ll need
Working from home can require more than just a capable PC or laptop. Of course, you may already have a computer at home and simply need to upgrade it to meet the demands of an ever-increasingly interconnected workplace. Mwave has everything you’ll need to get you up and running from your home office.
One of the key considerations when working from home will be the need to continue to stay in touch and interact with your coworkers. This can be as simple as something like a Skype, Slack or Telegram shared channel or it could be a conference with the CEO. You’ll need accessories that will allow you to stay in touch throughout your workday.
Most laptops have a webcam built-in, but desktops don’t. Consider one of our models. You’ll also likely need a headset. One with a microphone will be useful, but you can go with a regular set of headphones and use a microphone if you choose.
The importance of good networking
Staying in touch with your workplace and colleagues, whether they are in the next suburb or on the other side of the world requires good quality networking. Your internet connection itself may be outside of your control, but if you do have a capable connection, you may wish to consider upgrading your wireless network, router or switch. If you have a family all jockeying for access, then you’ll need to consider prioritizing your bandwidth with a decent quality router. Depending on the layout of your house, a mesh network or range extender may be a great option.
Given the reasons you’ve been asked to work from home in the first place, the main priority is to keep your own safety and that of your loved ones in mind. Much has been made of the need to keep your hands clean and maintain good hygiene standards. Things like keyboards can be a hive of nasties, so it’s important to keep frequently touched places clean too. Phones are another source of potential contamination.
Feel free to get in touch with our friendly team. We’re always happy to discuss your device needs and work towards a solution to help you get through these troubling times. Above all, from all of us, stay safe, take precautions and let’s hope these disruptions to our way of life are only temporary. Putting that aside for a second, working from home can be a rewarding experience. Less time in traffic means less time wasted, improved productivity, more family interaction and less stress. Perhaps there can be a silver lining to all this once it’s over!