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IT tips for working at home

Who would have thought working from home would last this long!  Whether you are temporarily working from home because of COVID or this is the norm, here are some top tips:

  • Dedicate a workspace whether it is your kitchen table, office desk or your sofa.

  • Ensure you have the right technology and tools to carry out your job.  You may have seen an increase in virtual meetings so it is important you have the right equipment to interact virtually.

  • You will be at your workstation for long periods of time so it is important to make sure the ergonomics are correct.  You do not want to suffer long term effects of bad posture!

  • It’s important to get away from your screen or work area, remember to take regular breaks just as you would in the office 

  • Be extra vigilant of cyber crime, cyber criminals are capitalising on the situation.  Be extra careful when opening emails and generally assume any email that you weren’t specifically expecting to receive will be dangerous.  If it doesn’t look right, it most probably isn’t and you should contact your IT experts for help and advice.

  • Depending on where you live and what Broadband service you have, you might find it will struggle with the increased usage especially if you have others in your household working from home, studying etc.  Try disconnecting any non-essential devices (e.g. do you need Alexa connected in every room?) during the work day to ensure they aren’t using internet bandwidth which you may need for remotely accessing work files and systems or video calls.

  • Shut down at the end of the day, it will not only save you a fortune in electricity charges, it will help you switch off and prevent the temptation to go back to work tasks during the evening or weekends !

 

What’s your top tips? We would be keen to hear yours