Over the last year, our definition of the traditional office has rapidly evolved. As vaccinations continue to ramp up and the working world reemerges from the pandemic, most businesses are expected to embrace a hybrid model where employees work both remotely and in-person throughout the week.
As many workers prepare to return to the office while continuing to work remotely part-time, it’s important to stock up on the items that will support both in-office and remote work. At Fuze, we’ve equipped our team and each regional hub with the ultimate work from home guide to continue to support a “work from everywhere” mentality and empower our employees with greater flexibility.
To help workers prepare for the shift to a hybrid style of working, we’ve outlined the top 10 must-have items that every hybrid remote worker should have in their starter kit.
For the corporate office:
1. Hand sanitizer and other personal protective equipment. While many companies will not be returning workers to the office in any capacity until the threat of the pandemic has subsided, once they do, personal protective equipment and sanitizing wipes will still be important, especially given that 50 percent of the U.S. workforce says they are concerned about COVID-19 exposures at work. Offices will have new safety measures in place, including plastic dividers, hand sanitizing stations, and desks that are spaced out to be six feet apart. However, having your own personal hand sanitizer and extra face masks in your starter kit will ensure you feel safe and confident when commuting and while at the office.
2. Snacks and a reusable water bottle. Some offices will minimize the amount of shared food and kitchen supplies to reduce the number of high-touch surfaces. To prepare for this, bring personal snacks and a reusable water bottle so you stay energized and hydrated throughout the day. Plus, this practice is beneficial to the environment.
3. Notepads and pens. Similar to shared kitchen appliances, offices may reduce the amount of shared office supplies. Fill your starter kit with items like personal notepads and pens in case your office doesn’t have it’s own supply and you don’t have to use someone else’s.
4. New backpack and commuting apparel. For those who have been working remotely full-time over the past year, it may be time to invest in a new backpack and other commuting apparel to start off hybrid work feeling confident and comfortable. Use this opportunity to invest in comfortable sneakers and a larger backpack that will allow you to fit everything you may need when going to and from the office.
5. Chargers. While this one may seem obvious, phone and computer chargers are often one of the most forgotten items when traveling between home and office. When you start a hybrid work schedule, be sure to always have one in your bag, so productivity is not interrupted by your phone or computer dying halfway through the day. Better yet, have one charger that stays at home and another that stays in the office.
For the home office:
6. Personal Desk. If you haven’t done so already, set aside your own space to get work done quietly. This not only increases productivity, but it creates a dedicated space to leave work behind at the end of the day. Last summer, increased demand in office furniture for remote workers and remote learning created a national desk shortage. It’s a good time to invest in a desk now before the next rush once workers begin returning to the office.
7. Quality Headphones. Poor speaker and audio quality on calls can severely disrupt workflows. As the workplace goes hybrid, invest in quality earpiece technology or headphones to enable a seamless transition between meetings and prevent poor audio quality. At Fuze, we recommend a few different styles of headsets and earbuds.
8. Second Monitor. Each person has their own unique style of working, but oftentimes, the more space you have to work, the better. Just as a dedicated office space improves productivity and focus, a double monitor setup can make it easier to handle multiple tasks. Many workers are used to having a second screen in the office, so why not bring this luxury to the home office too?
9. Ring Light. While natural light is proven to increase productivity and help workers keep a pulse on the time to transition between work and personal life, a ring light can serve as an effective alternative if your home office doesn’t have great lighting. A ring light can also illuminate your background during video calls.
10. Plants. Greenery brings more life into an enclosed space and makes it feel more personalized and comfortable. If you don’t have a green thumb, find some low-maintenance plants to surround your office space.
At Fuze, we’re committed to empowering our employees with the right tools and strategies to accommodate the eventual transition to hybrid remote work. While many workers and businesses were caught off guard when the transition to 100% remote work occurred last year, and it’s important to take the time now to plan and make the right investments to optimize your transition to hybrid remote work later in the year. What will you include in your hybrid remote work starter kit?