Thousands of Irish people could soon be working from home as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said in a historic speech that remote working should be facilitated where possible.
As a result, many companies are now gearing up to prepare their employees for working from home.
Magnet Networks has some top tips to ensure you can make working from home as comfortable and efficient as possible.
- You are going to need a dedicated work area for your desk and chair. A spare room is ideal but a corner in a quiet bedroom will do just as well.
- You have lots of flexibility working from home, but it is important to be disciplined. You will be psychologically prepared for the job if you stick to a routine. Don’t forget to schedule time for lunch.
- Working alone can be a bit jarring at first, especially if you are not used to it, so regular communication is important.
- Many people will be moving from enterprise class to home broadband and will need to maximise their available speed.
- Take time to run all updates as online browsers are constantly updating, and generally, the latest version will run faster and smoother than its predecessors.
- Ensure that you don’t have a lot of extensions and add-ons running on your browsers and schedule your anti-virus scans for non-working times as they can often slow down your speed.
- Your router is vital for maximising connectivity and the closer your workspace is to it, the easier your home working life will be.
- Place it where you can see it, preferably at the same level as your laptop, free of any obstructions which will diminish the signal.
- Connect with an ethernet cable where possible to optimise speed – this will always give you a better result that over Wi-Fi.
- If this is not possible, you can login to your router and change the channel your Wi-Fi is broadcasting on to improve the signal quality or even amend the settings to prioritise the quality of the connection of the specific devices you will be using to work from home.
- Rebooting your router is good practice and will force the router to select an available channel with the fastest connection – you can also do this by logging into your router’s configuration screens. You can also download software which will do this for you.
- Boosting your wireless network coverage with a Wi-Fi repeater or extender can help if your working space has poor internet connectivity.
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