The Rise In Home Office Equipment
It’s safe to say that coronavirus has drastically changed our work habits over the past 9 months. With the vast majority of workplaces closing nationwide in March, not only did our work routines change but so did our environments. With millions of us working from home, the kitchen table or the sofa became a less than ideal scenario to remain productive and comfortable. A designated “work environment” became a necessary addition to the home… cue the home office.
Whether you are converting the spare room or a nook in your bedroom, it’s important that remote working isn’t back breaking and having the right equipment is vital for this. With more Brits working from home this year than any other time in history, there has been a great increase in demand for office furniture. From desks, chairs, a second desktop screen in addition to a laptop and also smaller office equipment, such as wireless keyboards, trackpads and laptop stands. Some employers may provide or subsidise this equipment for you but for certain additional equipment you may be required to purchase these yourself.
With 23.9 million Brits working from home and 83% of those employees feeling that they do not need an office to be productive, home office equipment has become more important than ever, as many companies are likely to continue this way of working even after the coronavirus subsides, whenever that may be. Purchasing a new laptop or home computer can be costly, however some companies offer a Technology Benefit scheme, which is a great way for employees to get the latest tech and spread the cost through their salary, helping to manage those finances.
To make sure you’re working from home effectively and comfortably it’s also important to cover off some of the things that may slip your mind:
- We recommend working by a window or close to a source of natural light, this will help to lift your mood and help to keep you rejuvenated throughout the day
- Keep your work desk for just that – work. It’s easy for other items in your home to make themselves at home on your desk which can then become cluttered and disorganised. Keep your workspace minimal and clean to avoid distraction and to stay productive. One great way to do this is with a wireless keyboard, mouse and charging equipment
- Ensure you have a daily planner, whether this is simply a pen and paper or a piece of software on your computer, planning your tasks each day can really help to stay on track and efficient. Let’s face it, working from home can cause lulls in productivity and you may feel demotivated due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and the return to the office. But writing lists and staying connected to your team is a great way to keep on top of your workload.
Once you’ve created a working environment that has all the equipment that you need, this will help to boost your motivation and help produce positive results.
So, how can you easily get the latest tech?
Through the Let’s Connect Technology Benefit employees can access a wide range of laptop and desktop computers, iPad and other tablets, wireless printers and more that can help aid home education and digital skills. The benefit allows you to spread the cost of expensive tech with convenient monthly payments through your salary, making it a more manageable and cost-effective way of purchasing new equipment. If your organisation is running this benefit already, have a browse on your order site and see about getting some new tech for all the family today!
Or as an employer, if you’re interested in offering an engaging and rewarding benefit for your employees, please don’t hesitate to contact us.