Working remotely is becoming more and more commonplace. A large part of this was to do with the onset of Covid-19, which made a lot of businesses make the decision to go remote in the last two years – sending their employees to work from home, and even getting rid of their offices. One business we spoke with – TechQuarters, who provide outsourced IT support London businesses have relied on a lot over the last two years – were able to go remote very early on when Covid-19 hit, and this was possible because they had the right digital solutions to support their employees.
Some people have since made the personal choice to transition to working remotely. Anybody that is considering going remote needs to make sure they have the right tools for the job. This means utilizing the right equipment in your home office / workspace, and having certain digital tools at your disposal. As an IT support provider London businesses used when transitioning to remote work, TechQuarters were able to discuss with us some of the most useful tools for remote workers.
Below are the tools that are considered the most useful:
Cloud Storage / Applications
First and foremost, the most important and valuable solution that a remote worker needs to have at their disposal is cloud storage, and cloud applications.
Storage, in particular, is crucial because if you ever need to share files with colleagues while working remotely, the Cloud is the most efficient way to do so. One of the best ways to learn about it is with Google Cloud Training. Additionally, cloud storage helps with individuals engaged in a BYOD (bring your own device) arrangement. If you are using a personal device for work, your hard drive is under threat of filling up twice as quickly, and becoming disorganised (which would also be a security risk for the company). Segregating corporate data in the cloud keeps it secured and also preserves space on your local storage.
As for cloud apps, these have a lot of similar benefits to cloud storage – for instance, when it comes to collaborating and communicating with colleagues remotely, cloud-based apps offer the best flexibility. Examples of cloud apps include Slack, Microsoft Teams, Basecamp, Evernote, and many more.
As for physical tools and equipment, a Sit/Stand desk is a great idea for remote workers. The reason is this: When people worked from their companies’ offices, they had a commute from their home to their place of work. This meant they at least had a couple of hours of activity each day they worked (plus opportunities to be active when getting their lunch, etc.) When you’re working from home, however, you have less reason to get up. A lot of people transition from sitting at their desk for work, to sitting on the couch in the evenings, and have a lot less active time each day. A Sit/Stand desk can help you add some activity back into your workday. You can spend some of your day sitting at your desk, and then adjust the desk’s height so that you need to stand to use it. This means you’re not spending the entire day sitting down, which will help your fitness and overall health.