Infographic - 10 Home Office Essentials
According to Telework Research Network, the top reasons employees want to work from home (including both federal employees and the private sector) are:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in four U.S. employees work from home at least some of the time. With such a large amount of Americans finding their home office as a primary work space, it's essential they have the right tools to stay.
A COMFORTABLE DESK AND CHAIR
Choose a style desk and chair that fits your style, whether it's a standing desk, a yoga ball or a Herman l\/liller chair.
A DEDICATED WORKSPACE
Carve out a dedicated space, preferably with a door, to keep your personal life and professional life separate.
AN ESTABLISHED WORK ROUTINE
Start and end work at the same time each day. Get reasonably dressed for work — or at least don't work in your pajamas.
PRINTER AND SCANNER
lt's simply not practical to run out to the nearest office supply store to print or scan a document.
Don't forget a power strip with a built-in surge protector to protect your laptop, tablet docking station and printer from fluctuations in power.
WAYS TO DEAL WITH ISOLATION
Make an extra effort to go out for lunch, hit the gym, orjust open the window to get air.
QUALITY WIFI AND INTERNET SERVICE
You need business-class Internet service so that you can work productively with today's collaboration tools.
YOUR ARMADA OF MOBILE DEVICES
Different mobile devices come in handy for different tasks. Your laptop serves for heavy-duty work, but it may be easier to take your tablet to a meeting
A SMARTPHONE OR TABLET TO REPLACE YOUR DESK PHONE
You can eliminate the need for a desk phone and transform your Apple iPad or iPhone into a desk phone for the mobile generation. The ShoreTel Dock, when combined with the ShoreTel Mobility Client, lets you extend your UC apps, including voice, location-aware presence and IM to your mobile devices, so you can use your smartphone or tablet as your primary communication device. The ShoreTel Dock provides ShoreTel Mobility Client users with a speakerphone, handset, keypad and power charging devices.
MODERN COMMUNICATION TOOLS
Staying connected goes beyond a good phone and a headset. With unified communications (UC) software, you don't have to sacrifice the convenience of modern business communications and collaboration tools when you work from home. With a ShoreTel business phone system, you can move seamlessly between voice calls, video sessions, or instant messaging. ShoreTel Communicator software runs on a web browser, Windows, l\/lac OS, iPhones, BlackBerry and Nokia phones. You get the same call management features you enjoy at the office, such as voicemail, corporate directories, and call routing, as well as quality desktop video, tight integration with Microsoft Outlook, and instant messaging functionality.