As more and more countries declare a COVID-19 emergency, businesses are mandating strict home office policies to stave off unnecessary exposure to the virus. Working from home may appear more comfortable and relaxed, but not every home is necessarily equipped for an extended home office experience. To transform your residence into an effective workplace, check out these nine productivity-boosting products:
- Ergonomic Office Chair
Without the proper back support, it becomes extremely easy to strain your back after a few hours of slouching or leaning forward. Investing in a good chair helps with your posture and prevents any unnecessary back injury!
- Ergonomic Mouse and Keyboard
Long use of a laptop keyboard or trackpad can cause wrist sprains or carpal tunnel syndrome. An ergonomic mouse and keyboard help ease repetitive stress on your joints.
- LED Desk Lamp
Working under poor lighting can harm your vision. A bright desk lamp allows you to work comfortably without eye strain at any time of day.
- Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
While using a desktop computer, a sudden power outage could mean the loss of any unsaved work. With a UPS, you’ll still have a precious few moments to save and shut down in case of a power outage.
- Backup Drives
It’s always a good idea to back up your work externally in case of accidents. A solid-state backup drive lets you save your work quickly and efficiently.
- Printer and Scanner
Although it’s good for the environment to opt for the paperless route, it’s inevitable that you will have to print and sign documents or to scan materials for distribution.
- Portable External Monitor
Most modern laptops have small screens that are difficult to work with for extended periods of time. A larger plug-and-play external screen makes work more comfortable and can also be used for entertainment!
- VoIP Phone
Assuming your office is equipped with a Voice over IP phone service, you can consider extending the VoIP services to home and forward your calls received from the office line. Note that a subscription and additional hardware will need to be implemented first.
- Yoga/Massage Mat
Unwind after a long day of work or take a break to stretch out muscle kinks – regular yoga and massage can prevent chronic pain associated with a sedentary lifestyle.
To find more home office essentials, check out HKTDC’s sourcing portal!