Ergonomic Products for More Comfortable WFH Setups
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the world's biggest companies flip-flopped on work from home (WFH) arrangements. In 2009, IBM boldly declared that teleworking would save the world only to years later force its employees to "go back to the office or else." Shortly after joining Yahoo as the chief executive, Marissa Mayer ordered company employees to abandon remote working arrangements. Google's former Chief Financial officer Patrick Pichette said in 2013 that Google tries to keep the number of its employees working from home "as few as possible."
Fast-forward to 2021, following the COVID-19 pandemic that forced companies to make WFH arrangements work, many of the companies that were reluctant to allow their workforce to work remotely now have put up strategies to encourage WFH. Twitter announced in 2020 that it would allow its employees to work remotely "forever". Speaking to the BBC in April, Facebook said WFH is "the future." Even IBM, which was highly skeptical of telecommuting, now says it expects 80% of its workforce to work in hybrid remote setups even after the pandemic.
According to Statistics Canada, in January 2021, 32% of Canadian employees aged 15 to 69 worked most of their hours from home, compared with 4% in 2016 (Medhi and Morissette 2021). Add that to the fact that several recent studies have shown that in any given workweek, employees working remotely are more consistent in their outputs, work more hours, and have higher levels of productivity. Teleworkers are more engaged and often happier and less stressed (PDF) than their office-bound colleagues.
Given the sudden changes necessitated by the pandemic, many of us were unprepared to work from home. All of a sudden, we found ourselves scrambling to set up a home office that would help us align with the new normal. But after a year of lockdowns, isolation, and quarantines, perhaps it is time to redesign our workspaces to be more ergonomic for even better work outputs.
Ergonomics are often overlooked when companies are designing employee workspaces, but in work from home setups, there's no reason why you should work under less-than-ideal scenarios. In this article, we will explore ergonomic products that can help make working remotely more comfortable.
Healthy workspace environments at home revolve around comfort, vision, movement, and posture. When setting up your workstation, choose a space with as few distractions as possible and perhaps an area with a window that allows a breeze and natural light to come through. Find connectivity accessories like docks, hubs, and adapters that help you stay productive through easy access to additional ports, network connectivity, and display options.
Ergonomic accessories like laptop risers, sit-stand workstations, and monitor stands should be top of your list of considerations. Design a workstation that adapts to your working style, creating a personalized, smarter and productive experience.
If your employer has not provided you with a company-owned device, you may need to invest in a laptop, tablet or home PC as part of setting up your WFH workstation. In addition to creating a workstation that helps you be creative, you could also add some flair by buying a sleek, detachable tablet with a high-resolution touchscreen display for an immersive and interactive experience.
Connectivity and power accessories
Connectivity accessories like network cables, video cables, USB lightning cables, USB-C adapters, hubs, etc., will help you stay organized and efficient. Power accessories like power strips, surge protectors, charging solutions, and UPS battery backups will keep your workflow unhindered to ensure that you deliver the best possible work outputs at home.
Without practical, high-performing audio solutions, the endless online meetings and conference calls can seem like an unending nightmare. Things can get worse if there's an ongoing construction project near your place of residence. Or you could have one of those neighbors with ever-explosive arguments with everyone that glances at them 'the wrong way.'
In such unfortunate circumstances, it helps to have headphones that are engineered to keep you on task. Find headphones with exceptional audio, superior comfort, and above all, outstanding noise isolation to fade away all the noise around you. Take time to look for next-generation headsets that are optimized for remote conference calls, making collaboration frustration-free.
In the post-pandemic world, remote work will be the norm. Do everything you can to design your WFH environment for efficiency and comfort. Invest in finding the right tools to improve your productivity. Office ergonomics are a must if you're going to succeed in creating a productive WFH space. Flopping down on your couch in your sweatpants might seem like the easy way out, but if you want a high productivity zone, take your time, and thoughtfully choose the perfect setup for remote work.
For more information about remote work products and solutions, contact your Ingram Micro sales rep today.