At the office, everything employees need to get work done is provided by the company. They have their PCs, standard keyboards, mice, and perhaps headsets if they do lots of calls. However, circumstances like community quarantines during viral outbreaks may force you to have staff work from their homes. Question is, what hardware must they have for their very own work-from-home setups? Beyond the obvious items such as a PC, laptop, and smartphone to help them keep in touch, here are the devices they'll need.
A reliable keyboard and mouse
PC users obviously need external keyboards to operate their machines and work on files. Also, there are laptop users who splurge on external keyboards because they prefer how they feel
Some aspects you want your staff to consider when choosing a keyboard are:
- Interface – Is it wired or wireless? They won’t have to worry about a power source with wired boards, though battery-powered ones can easily last a year. Choosing a wireless one will mostly depend on whether or not they move around.
- Comfort and ergonomics – How do the keys feel on their fingertips? There’s now a wide variety of key types to suit their fancy. And if they worry about carpal tunnel syndrome, there are keyboards with keys like a wide V. This is so users can hold their wrists at more natural angles.
- Extras – Does it come with a number keypad and/or a trackpad? Does typing fill the room with sound, or is it muffled and silent? Make sure the keyboard features that would help them do their job. Most importantly, make sure it brings whenever they have to work.
When picking a mouse, they’ll want to think about interface, comfort, and ergonomics, too. While some are fine with a trackball or trackpad, the majority might prefer a mouse offers. They’ll most likely have to work for hours, so it comes down to comfort.
A computer monitor (or two) devices
PCs, laptops, tablets, and smartphones all have their own screens. Though most prefer screens they can easily read from and use. If your employees usually work with two moinots, they might find it difficult to work with one. Thankfully, replicating a dual-monitor setup is easy. It's a matter of getting another monitor, connecting it, and adjusting display settings.
Of course, setting up dual monitors is their prerogative. If they’re buying monitors, screen aspects to consider are size, aspect ratio, resolution, and interface.
However, they don’t even have to buy a new screen if they have a smart TV or a TV. If they connect to a Chromecast or other similar device, they're fine. Laptops running on Windows can detect such internet-connected devices, and all they have to do is go to Settings > System > Display > Multiple displays, then adjust their settings as they like.
Webcam and headset Devices
If an employee’s computer doesn’t come with a web camera, they’ll most likely have to purchase one separately. Especially if you regularly keep in touch with your team via video conferencing. They’ll need to primarily consider video resolution and sound quality, plus other features such as noise cancellation and autofocus. To reduce external distractions, they might want to use a headset. Although, isolating themselves in a room and hanging a “Do not disturb” sign might work just as well.
Letting your staff work at home can be a big boon for your company. It's essential that employees set their devices up properly and that there are ogod remote work policies in place. If you want to take full advantage of remote work but don’t know where to start, talk to our experts. We're more than happy to help.