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Tips for Working from Home

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Getting to know some simple tips for working from home will help you remain productive and efficient. At Next Hops Solutions, we understand how beneficial working remotely can be—when it is done correctly—for businesses of all shapes and sizes. That is why our team of IT experts have put together a list of tips that will help you work from home effectively.

1. Create a Permanent Workspace

The first step in effectively working from home is creating a designated, permanent workspace. Consider setting up a desk for your computer and office supplies in an empty or spare bedroom. When establishing an area in your home to work in every day, make sure to choose a quiet location so that you can focus.

2. Invest in Quality Technology

Setting up a home office or workspace may require you to invest in new technology, such as a desktop, laptop, or tablet. It is a good idea to consider purchasing a high-performance router that will prevent you from having to deal with common network issues.

3. Use Time Management Apps

If you have a hard time staying on task while working from home, consider using a time management app to help you see your productivity levels each day and week. Doing so will provide you with insights into when you are most productive during the day, as well as how much time you are spending on each task.

4. Use Video Chat

Since working from home can get pretty lonely, it is important to make a point of chatting with colleagues, team members, or clients every day. In some cases, you may even end up spending most of your day on video conferences, chatting with your team and clients.

5. Check in with Coworkers Frequently

Taking the time to meet with your team on a regular basis will help remote employees who are missing some aspects of working in an office environment. Consider having meetings that involve all team members, as well as one-on-one meetings with each team member so that they can provide you with a status update, receive advice, and discuss their personal life.

6. Stay Vigilant Against Security Risks

While working from home, it is still important to remain vigilant of potential security risks, such as being targeted by hackers. Make sure to:

  • Be aware of your company’s network policies for use of Wi-Fi and personal devices
  • Verify documents emailed to you
  • Use a business-grade Virtual Private Network (VPN) for encryption
  • Know how to report security risks and get IT assistance
  • Avoid disclosing sensitive information to family members or visitors in your home

If you would like to learn more tips for working from home, or if you are interested in our IT services, please contact Next Hop Solutions at 1-855-482-5141 or by requesting a consultation on our website.


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