Nine tips for increasing productivity while working remotely

Ways of staying productive while at home

As America goes remote, it is our goal to empower you to always remain effective and productive. We want to assure you that your team at IND is fully operational and focused on your success. If you are still unsure as to how you or your team can function please reach out to us today to discuss. We have made significant movement in the past two weeks in remote connectivity options for several organizations and this continues to be our priority. To further support this we are prioritizing all remote assistance support or service for the time being over all other issues. Below are also a couple other tips and information that may be useful moving forward.

Below are a couple tips for increasing productivity for teams/organizations while working remotely.

Setup your area

Take some time to setup the area where you will be working to make it conducive. Test all your components before you need to start working remotely and address issues on a priority basis. Check microphones, webcams, common web conferencing software like Microsoft Teams, Zoom, GoToMeeting or Webex.

Wifi vs hard wired

For best results with video conferencing and general internet performance, a hard-wired connection is still the best.

Find a quiet place

For some working remote is a new thing, for others it’s common. Those that have not worked extensively remotely should consider their remote working location, particularly in family situations. Choose a place that is mostly quiet where you can focus and hold conference calls or video calls without interruption.

Change the scenery

Sometimes change is good for those that will be working remotely for some time. If you have the opportunity to move to a different location in the house from time to time it can be a productivity booster.

Expect bandwidth issues

As most of the nation strives to operate remotely internet service providers like Verizon FiOS, Xfinity, and Optimum say to expect slowness and occasional drops as they anticipate to see never before amounts of traffic throughout the various networks in the coming days. Some providers already perform active throttling to avoid congestion issues. moves to a remote some slowness Bandwidth management. You can help be pro-active about this and reduce the household streaming services to a minimum. If possible use some services with offline capabilities like Spotify (download your playlist to play offline), same with Netflix, Amazon Prime. Download off business peak hours to leave the bandwidth for your work – of course, this may require some planning ahead.

I can’t connect

Can’t access the internet at all. Try restarting your home internet equipment. Things happen and as mentioned previously the providers already expect issues to occur whether it is trouble, throttling or something else from time to time home internet routers can require a reboot to refresh the connection and clear issues. Turn off the router/modem and your home WIFI or any switch directly connected for 30 seconds. Then turn on your internet router/modem first and wait 30 seconds before turning on the other components. Depending on your specific setup you may need to reconnect to the network.

Everything seems slow

If you find you things just seem slow to access online you can run a speed test using some of the free speed tools such ashttps://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest if you have difficulties a restart as indicated above under I can’t connect may help.

Overcommunicate

The key to being successful in any professional role is communication, but when it comes to remote work it is an even more important asset. Since you’re no longer a few desks down from your coworkers or your manager, it’s your job to schedule 1:1 check-in meetings with them, chat often, connect on your goals, upcoming projects, and daily tasks. Make sure to advocate for yourself and clearly state the progress you’ve made, which goals you’ve surpassed and which projects you’ve led. When you’re not in the office, it can be difficult to keep your work top-of-mind, so don’t be afraid to bring important milestones up on your own.

Invest in reliable tech

Any remote worker will tell you that access to consistent internet is integral to their success, but there’s more to a successful setup than an internet connection. Along with having the ability to take video calls without losing connection, you should consider what tools and tech you’ll need to do your job well. For example, many remote workers invest in a great pair of noise-canceling headphones so that they can take their work anywhere – regardless of background noise levels. Others find that wireless keyboards and mouses, or even a second screen, are integral to their efficiency.

Finally, if you are still unsure of how you will work remotely or need help, or have questions about any of the above please do not hesitate to reach out to us.