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[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”WHY WORK FROM HOME!” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Roboto%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C500%2C500italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1592156364802{background-color: #f4f4f4 !important;}”]With increasing coronavirus cases in the World, Governments have advised workers who can work from home to do so.

Several private companies have also asked non-core staff to work away from the office in a bid to help arrest the spread of Covid-19.

Working from home is a work arrangement in which employees do not commute or travel (by bus, train or car) to a central place of work,
such as an office building, warehouse, or store.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”HOW TO EFFECTIVELY WORK FROM HOME
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•Establish ground rules

Working from home might easily give the impression that you are on holiday, when essentially you are not.

The first ground rule is to structure your day well by ensuring that your hours of work correlate with the number of hours you
usually give in the office.
Does your job require you to work from nine to five with a few breaks in between? You should stick to that timeline.

It is important that you keep in mind that you are at home to work and make a clear distinction from the beginning between work and
home mode.

This means that your mind should switch to work mode from the moment you wake up.

Take a shower once you wake up, brush your teeth, take off your sleeping clothes, wear everyday garments and take breakfast.

• Set up a functional work space within your home

Not everyone has a dedicated work space or room in their home that they can call a home office. However, you can make room for it.

If you have a spare room, you should set it aside as a dedicated work space where you can have the peace and quiet that you need
to get work done.

For those who do not have a spare room, you could use a corner in your house as a work area, which other people in the house are
not allowed to interrupt.

It is important to note that this work space needs to be separated from rooms, people or devices that can cause distraction such
as a television or family conversations.

• Get the required tools for your work

For you to be as functional and as efficient in your home just as you are at your workplace, you will need to get the right tools in place.

These include a reliable source of internet, a laptop or computer, stationery, a printer if need be, and a smartphone.

You may also have to increase the internet speeds in your home if other family members use the same network.

Lower internet packages may slow down your work and this might lead to frustration and inefficiency.

If you need to attend virtual meetings, you can do so via platforms such as Skype and WhatsApp.

You can also keep yourself updated with other colleagues or your supervisors via emails, texts or, if it is for a large number of people,
WhatsApp groups.

• Establish realistic goals

Working from home is very different from working in the office.

You may easily deceive yourself that since you are now working from home, you have more time and fewer distractions and can
therefore get more done.

Although there is some truth in this, it is important to be realistic about your goals as you might get stressed when you fail to achieve
aims that you set for yourself.

Experts say it is better to have three to five goals to achieve for the day and get as much done before lunch as people tend to slow
down in the afternoon.

• Minimise distractions

It is very important to remain disciplined and focused while working from the house if you hope to get anything done.

To do so, you should try as much as possible to remove yourself from any distractions as much as you can.

If there is noise in the neighbourhood or your home, you might consider getting noise-cancellation headphones.

If food or the television distract you, switch it off and work away from them.

If you have children around, you can take turns with your spouse on taking care of them or have a nanny to do. Similarly, you can give
your little ones chores or homework as you work.

• Take breaks

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Make sure that you take breaks while working from home.

Sometimes it may be difficult to take a breather, especially when you think you are lagging behind with goals set for the day.

The environment at home can also make us believe that we do not need breaks, but we actually do.

Leave your desk at lunch hour and eat your meal in a separate room or take a walk around the house of the compound.

When you do this, you will feel more refreshed for the afternoon part of the day.

It is also important that you eat proper meals and drink water throughout the day.

• Socialise with other people remotely

As the entire purpose of working from home is to reduce the probability of getting infected with the new coronavirus through social
interaction, it may not be possible to meet up with friends and work colleagues.

However, thanks to social media, people can still interact with friends remotely.

You can catch up with your friends during your lunch or power breaks or even in the evening on social platforms such as Facebook,
WhatsApp, Instagram and Twitter.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”SETTING UP HOME OFFICE” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” google_fonts=”font_family:Roboto%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C500%2C500italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1592156342275{background-color: #f4f4f4 !important;}”]Whether you’re looking to start your own home business, or you’ve found yourself in quarantine, a suitable home network set up will ensure you stay on top of your work. Working from home can have many benefits including reduced stress, no more peak hour morning commutes and enjoying the comfort of being in your own familiar space.[/vc_column_text][vc_icon icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-long-arrow-down” color=”orange” background_style=”rounded” size=”xl” align=”center”][vc_custom_heading text=”ASSESSING YOUR EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS
” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:center” google_fonts=”font_family:Roboto%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C500%2C500italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1592155750697{background-color: #f4f4f4 !important;border-radius: 2px !important;}”]Setting up and appropriate home office can be different for everyone depending on your jobs specific needs and requirements. For most, a simple set up with a computer, telephone and printer may be enough to get by. However other people may want more whether to help with the job or your own comfort, such as a dual monitor set up or ergonomic equipment.

You need to take the time to assess your needs and requirements so you can invest in the appropriate software, hardware, storage and more.[/vc_column_text][vc_icon icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-long-arrow-down” color=”orange” background_style=”rounded” size=”xl” align=”center”][vc_custom_heading text=”SETTING UP SELECTED DEVICES
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In the past, home desktop PCs were the computer of choice especially if working from home, however as technology, the market and requirements have shifted, smartphones and tablets have begun to take over as the device of choice in some cases.

Mobility is important, which is evident by the popularity of laptops, however you will find that you can get an equal or greater performance from a PC desktop for a reduced price. Many people will choose to add mobile devices such as tablets to supplement their main computer as a means of flexibility.

It is also worth noting which operating system you need to use. Some professions such as photographers or designers may use an apple device over Windows due to more suitable programs and software.[/vc_column_text][vc_icon icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-long-arrow-down” color=”orange” background_style=”rounded” size=”xl” align=”center”][vc_custom_heading text=”HIGH-SPEED INTERNET WITH SUFFICIENTS SPEED TO SUPPORT YOUR NEEDS
” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:center” google_fonts=”font_family:Roboto%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C500%2C500italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1592157228965{background-color: #f4f4f4 !important;border-radius: 2px !important;}”]You may not think of high-speed internet as an equipment requirement, but it is. You’ll need to have a modem and a router (or a device that combines both) that meet the specifications laid out by your company.

Some companies prefer that home-based employees have hard-wired internet. That requires very different equipment than wireless internet. Take your time to research and choose the very best internet service provider in your area so you aren’t dropping off during video calls or losing connections at critical moments.

It is also worth noting which operating system you need to use. Some professions such as photographers or designers may use an apple device over Windows due to more suitable programs and software.[/vc_column_text][vc_icon icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-long-arrow-down” color=”orange” background_style=”rounded” size=”xl” align=”center”][vc_custom_heading text=”VOIP (VOICE OVER INTERNET PROTOCOL)
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You will need a high-speed internet connection if you are considering VoIP. VoIP is a telephone communication that is transmitted over the internet. It is common for people working from home to use this technology as it is cost-effective when compared to landline phones.

VoIP plans will generally be generous in terms of calling rates and call forwarding services and other advanced calling functions. Many of the plans are inexpensive and offer unlimited free calling for international and long-distance calls. Some Internet service providers (ISPs) offer VoIP plans with your broadband Internet connection subscription.[/vc_column_text][vc_icon icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-long-arrow-down” color=”orange” background_style=”rounded” size=”xl” align=”center”][vc_custom_heading text=”PERIPHERALS SUCH AS USB HUB,WIRELESS KEYBOARD & MOUSE,PRINTERS AND SCANNERS
” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:center” google_fonts=”font_family:Roboto%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C500%2C500italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1592156823509{background-color: #f4f4f4 !important;border-radius: 2px !important;}”]

Peripherals are sometimes hard to decide on, but if you’re in the market to add to the capabilities of your setup, a wireless keyboard and mouse are a good investment. These allow more freedom of movement and are often far more convenient to use than their wired counterparts. Just keep in mind that the wireless variety use batteries, which you should dispose of properly.

In addition, there are a few other peripherals that may be useful as you try to carry out your normal workday:

  • A battery backup unit so you can keep working in the event of a power outage.
  • USB hub to help manage all the various devices you’re using with your computer. Here are our recommendations for best USB hubs.
  • An external hard drive to provide plenty of storage for all your work.
  • A flash drive for portable storage if you’re moving between your home office and a more traditional work location.

For printing options, its recommended to use a multifunction printer so can save space by having your prints, copies and scans all done from one device. If you’re worried about the ongoing costs of printer cartridges, you can now buy EcoTank technology printers which use bottles instead of cartridges. These not only help the environment but also come with two years’ worth of ink in the box![/vc_column_text][vc_icon icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-long-arrow-down” color=”orange” background_style=”rounded” size=”xl” align=”center”][vc_custom_heading text=”WHAT TYPES OF SOFTWARE SHOULD YOU CONSIDER?
” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:center” google_fonts=”font_family:Roboto%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C500%2C500italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1592157502866{background-color: #f4f4f4 !important;border-radius: 2px !important;}”]Depending on your occupation, the software requirements you need will vary. However, you can be sure that the two basic needs of any business are to require an office productivity suite and email system.

WODEX TECHNOLOGIES will gives you access to the following:

  • Outlook
  • Word
  • PowerPoint
  • Excel
  • Skype VoIP for Business
  • OneNote
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • OneDrive for Business with 1TB (terabyte) of file storage and sharing.
  • Internet Security and anti-virus for your computer
[/vc_column_text][vc_icon icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-long-arrow-down” color=”orange” background_style=”rounded” size=”xl” align=”center”][vc_custom_heading text=” DATA STORAGE NEEDS?
” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:center” google_fonts=”font_family:Roboto%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C500%2C500italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1592157657261{background-color: #f4f4f4 !important;border-radius: 2px !important;}”]Data storage will be critical to your business, not only for file access but for archiving purposes as well. Fortunately, there are many options when it comes back up and data storage.

For modern peripherals, such as flash memory and cloud storage devices, home office users now have more opportunities to back up and store data than ever before. The variety of choices makes storage very accessible and varies from small thumb drives to cloud storage, network-attached storage, and more.

External Hard Drives

An external hard drive connects to your computer via a USB port. Modern hard drives can offer substantial storage space and if portable can be small in size as well. An external hard drive is a cost-effective way to implement one of your storage options.

Flash Drive

Flash memory is a common type of storage used in USB sticks, SD cards and Compact Flashcards. These devices allow you to easy transport data from one device to another as they are portable and do not require external power. These devices hold smaller amounts of data, usually up to 256GB, but can be found up to 1TB.

Network Attached Storage (NAS)

Network-attached storage provides easy and reliable access to your files and documents on network infrastructure.  This type of storage can be as simple as a hard drive connected with an Ethernet cable.

NAS solutions can also offer more advanced storage by providing multiple FireWire or USB ports.  This allows you to connect multiple hard drives to expand your storage capacity.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=” Printers for home office
” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” google_fonts=”font_family:Roboto%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C500%2C500italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]We still live in a world where paper often rules, which means it’s likely that you’ll need to invest in a printer or printer/scanner combo if you’re not provided one by the company you work for. There are numerous inexpensive models on the market now, and if you don’t need to print in color; buying a black and white printer can reduce the cost even more.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″]

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[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”VoIP Phones for home office” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” google_fonts=”font_family:Roboto%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C500%2C500italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]VoIP phones connect via the internet, once configured they can be moved from location to location and will work from most internet connections making them perfect for remote work. Using a VoIP phone from home will allow users to make and receive business calls outside the office, receive voicemail and generally make work/home life easier to manage[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″]
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[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”Modems and Routers for home office” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” google_fonts=”font_family:Roboto%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C500%2C500italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Reliable internet connection is the foundation for an efficient home office ecosystem. The key for a reliable internet connection is a good modem and/or router. There is a big range of models and various types of modems and routers. WODEX TECHNOLOGIES provides devices best for you, use our modems and routers..click to see more.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”Software and Licences for home office” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” google_fonts=”font_family:Roboto%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C500%2C500italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Using your computer for work often requires extra level of security, especially when you are handling information for clients or using corporate networks. Consider buying a reputable anti-virus to protect your devices against possible threats. You may also need other software packages such operating systems in case you bought a new computer that didn’t include an installed operating system. Below is a list of our recommended software package[/vc_column_text]
[vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Computers for home office” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” google_fonts=”font_family:Roboto%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C500%2C500italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]The first question is whether to get a laptop, desktop or an All-in-one. Laptops offer the benefit of mobility, but for the same price range, you can get a more powerful desktop. On the other hand, All-in-ones offer powerful capabilities in light weight devices with built in screens, but for higher prices than conventional desktops.We provide you with varieties of computers from where you can select the one suitable for your needs.[/vc_column_text]
[vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Monitors for home office” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” google_fonts=”font_family:Roboto%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C500%2C500italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]The right computer monitor can make or break your work from home experience. You need to invest in buying the right monitor and monitor accessories for both health and productivity reasons. Have a look  at our variety of monitors and shop at affordable prices.[/vc_column_text]
[vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”Accessories for home office” google_fonts=”font_family:Roboto%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C500%2C500italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”]