Working from home has become a popular option for many companies and businesses since the start of the pandemic. This report by the Office for National Statistics highlights that since 2020, the number of remote workers has moved slightly from 27% to 37%. With its increasing popularity among employees, 24% of businesses surveyed expressed their interest in continuing to offer the option to work from home’.
As remote workers aren’t working in a traditional office, they may find that their productivity is hindered by the change in environment. This can then negatively impact their work performance. To prevent this from happening, there are many tools and equipment available to help companies and their remote employees. Here are just some of them:
This app gained immense popularity since the pandemic started because of its versatility. A write-up by tech columnist Jason Aten explains that Notion is an all-in-one workspace. You can use it to take notes, create to-do lists, and even utilize it as a planner. Many have used it to keep track of their projects and workload, making them more organized and efficient. Its interface isn’t too intuitive, but there are many templates available both on the app’s website and across the internet. At its core, Notion is a note taking software, but with its flexibility, remote workers can make use of it in so many different ways to help boost productivity.
Canva is another great software that has gained notoriety because of its multifaceted nature. A past post explains that it can be used for creating different types of digital outputs like social media posts and presentations (click here to read more). It makes creating eye-catching designs easier for novices and pros alike. There are also many available templates on the site that accommodate different uses (like brochures and Facebook posts). Plus, these come with different themes so you can surely find one that fits your needs. This app can help boost productivity because it makes graphic design easier and more accessible to workers. Spend less time creating while still ending up with something that looks professionally made.
The rise of ergonomics has come about as more people aim for efficiency in the workplace. These devices are designed to cater to the psychological and physiological needs of users. As this article from Pain Free Working points out, ergonomic equipment, like chairs, are a necessity for work productivity, as well as your overall health and wellness. Transitioning to an ergonomic chair can free your back, neck, and shoulder from any pain or discomfort — and prevent future injuries. The comfort that they offer will help you focus more on your work, leading you to be more productive and efficient. Aside from chairs, there are other ergonomic devices like mice, keyboards, and even desks, so you will definitely find one that will suit your needs.
Some people may think that having more than one screen at their workstations is unnecessary, but studies have shown that this is not the case (read more here). Those who encode data for work will find that it makes the task easier because it lessens the need to switch between tabs and windows. It can also be used when you are presenting at work as you will be able to have the call on while still being able to look at your materials. Plus, it’s a relatively inexpensive upgrade because there are many budget monitors on the market right now that suit the needs of a professional. Adding this to your setup may seem unnecessary, but it is proven to help general productivity.
Despite the shift to remote working, employees still need to do their tasks efficiently and fruitfully. Luckily, there are plenty of apps and tools to make the home workplace feel more conducive for work. These are just some of the tools and equipment you can use to increase your productivity.
Exclusively written by J.Vernie