Teleworking is like scratching, everything is to start… and be prepared
I have been working remotely for a decade and I think I have been through all the problems and mental states that someone who works from home can face. From the perspective of experience, I will tell you why it is much easier and more efficient to telework today than it was a couple of years ago.
In March 2020, when most companies were forced to send their employees with what they were wearing to work from their salons, and they did the cool because they had discovered teleworking (only from the outside because they had never teleworked in their lives, Hulio), I He had more than ten years of experience in this field..
That allowed me to adapt to the new work paradigm with the naturalness with which a baby sucks a foot. From the outside it seems impossible to achieve it, but it’s all about putting on.
Before the world stopped, many of my friends looked at me with some envy. “Wow, how lucky to work comfortably from home“, they told me.
Curiously, forced to telework from one day to the next, many of them asked me: “How do you manage to be productive working from home?” It’s like scratching, it’s all about getting started…and having the right space and equipment.
If I have learned anything in 10 years of working from home, it is that the equipment you use must be the right one. With that you already have 80% of the productivity. In an office you have a large table, a comfortable chair and ergonomic devices designed to be used throughout the day. It is rare to see this equipment in houses where if something is not abundant it is space.
In recent months I have been testing various devices that have shown me that, now, it is much easier to create a more efficient remote work environment than a decade ago. Design, connectivity and features aimed at improving remote work.
An example of this new trend of brands to develop technology oriented to teleworking The one that saves space at home is Samsung’s M8 smart monitor that we’ve been testing for the past few weeks.
An interesting hybrid between a smart monitor that joins a 32-inch TV with 4K resolution and HDR. Perfect for working with a lot of space on the screen, occupying the minimum space on your table with which you can go from the boring cells of an Excel to watching the best premiere series on a single device.
With this proposal, Samsung seems to walk in the opposite direction to LG or Sony, which reduce the format of their high-end OLED TVs up to 48 and 42 inches respectively to turn them into high-end televisions on which you can also play or work. Two sides of the same coin for the most important element of the setup to telework: the screen.
One of the things that teleworking has brought us are the eternal video call meetings that could be solved with a simple email. Since there is no other alternative than to do them, unless your ears or eyes do not bleed with their very poor image and sound quality.
After a decade of laziness and a certain passivity of the manufacturers, a pandemic had to come to discover that the image quality of webcams was fine in the 2000s, but it was embarrassing in the middle of the era of fiber optics and 4K.
The Dell Ultrasharp 4K webcam that we have also been testing in recent weeks is the most professional response from the American brand that integrates a sensor with better performance in low light able to follow you around the room, even if you move while staying in the frame. You can no longer escape even in your house.
Saving space on the table for that the office occupies the smallest possible space It has also reached companies like Apple, which has taken the miniaturization of its professional equipment to the extreme in the new Mac Studios, achieving that a work team that used to occupy the same space as your sofa, now fits under the monitor.
The list of devices does not end here. Logitech continues to introduce new, more compact keyboards designed to take up less space on your desk and mice designed to improve ergonomics and productivity with quieter versions so as not to disturb the rest of the occupants of your house.
Probably now after a time of adaptation, what you do not want is to lose hours and hours of your life in endless traffic jams or put up with noisy offices, and prefer the smell of coffee in the morning and work in slippers. There is no place like home.