It’s safe to say that the definition of the “traditional office” has changed dramatically for many since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the mass move to remote work in spring of 2020, employees around the world scrambled to throw together work from home setups that enabled them to remain productive outside of the office.
Now, a year and a half later, there are many workers who remain remote or on a hybrid work schedule, still spending most of their working hours at home. So as we head into a new year, now is the perfect time to take a long, careful look at our home work setups and upgrade where we can to set ourselves up for success. New year, new you, right?
Here are 5 worthy work-from-home investments you may have been putting off (until now):
If you are still sitting on a kitchen stool or couch while you work, your back may be telling you that it is time to invest in an ergonomic chair. Do your body a favor and spend those long hours in front of your computer in a chair that adequately supports you.
The physical benefits of ergonomic chairs are clear - they have been known to help with everything from back and neck pain to your posture and blood circulation. All of which can help with easing stress and boosting productivity.
Many workers have traditionally been equipped with a second screen in the office, so why should it be any different while working from home? Investing in a monitor is a worthy purchase that can help improve focus, productivity, and workflows by helping workers with multitasking and running multiple programs at once. It also just makes the work-from-home experience that much more pleasant without having to cram everything onto one desktop or constantly be closing and opening different tabs and windows.
If you spend a lot of time on video meetings, now may be the time to upgrade your lighting setup, if you haven’t already. This can be as simple as adjusting your desk so that you face into your light source rather than away to avoid causing a backlit shadow on camera. Or you can invest in tools such as the LumeCube light or Dracast Ring Light to help properly illuminate your space. Trust us, it makes a huge difference.
If improving your health and physical activity is on your New Year’s resolutions list, then a standing desk may also be a worthwhile investment for your work from home space. As the pandemic has cut down on daily commutes and gym time, workers have been sitting a lot more which not only impacts their physical health, but also mental health. Standing desks are a great way to keep you on your feet and beat inactivity.
Having poor audio and speaker quality on calls can be very disruptive to collaboration and workflows. As more organizations embrace a hybrid work model, seamless communication and collaboration will only become more critical. Invest in quality headset or headphone technology that prevents poor audio quality and enables you to seamlessly transition between meetings. We’ve previously shared a few different product recommendations and have a full list of Fuze-supported devices listed in our Help Center.
For more remote work tips, make sure to check out our ultimate work from home guide.