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Working from home with TeamViewer

Tips, techniques, and best-in-class technologies for successful and stress-free remote working.

 

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What exactly is working from home?

Work from home (WFH) refers to doing your job remotely (usually at home), instead of at your employer’s premises.

Work from home is tied closely to flexible working — the idea of giving employees an element of choice in how, when, and where they carry out their job. As such, WFH arrangements can take a number of different shapes. This includes the fully remote model, where employees spend all of their time working remotely by default. More commonly, it also includes various hybrid work from home arrangements, where employees split their time between home and office.

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How to build your home office

What makes a great work from home setup? Your end goal should be to create an environment where you are comfortable, where you are unlikely to be distracted, and where you have everything you need close at hand. Here are some tips for putting this together.

Choice of location

A major challenge of remote working involves setting boundaries between home and office life. One of the best ways to achieve this is to create a distinct working zone. It could be a dedicated room (a spare bedroom, for instance). If that’s not possible and you need to work in a general living area, there are still things you can do to physically delineate your work zone. Examples include rearranging furniture, e.g. repositioning a bookcase so it’s at right angles to a wall in order to create a corner workstation.

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Lighting

Poor lighting can sap your energy levels, reduce concentration, and drain your productivity. Likewise, however, if you’re relying on artificial light that’s too harsh, this can also be detrimental to work. 

As a starting point, try to make the most of natural light by locating your desk in close proximity to a window. Just be careful with positioning so you’re not going to be hit by screen glare. Also, if you’re going to be doing a lot of videoconferencing, try not to sit directly in front of a window, as this will make you appear in shadow. 

 

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Ergonomics 

You’re going to be spending a lot of time at your remote workstation, so it’s important to choose a work from home chair that supports your back and promotes good posture. 

Essential ergonomic features for your home office chair include an easily-adjustable seat height and arm rests enabling you to sit with your feet flat on the floor and arms even with the top of the desk. To properly support your lower back, lumbar assistance is also important.

Temperature 

Try to keep your work zone at a comfortable temperature of 18 °C. Air flow is important too, so aim to open the nearest windows or skylights for at least 5-10 minutes several times throughout the day. 

 

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How does TeamViewer help working from home?

Alongside having the right physical set-up for remote working, it’s also essential to have the right technological capabilities in place.

TeamViewer Remote is designed to provide you with a complete work from home solution. Thanks to comprehensive remote access and remote control capabilities, TeamViewer Remote allows you to access and operate your office computer – including all files and applications. You can also use remote control to access a corporate network via the corporate device as if you were physically in the office. Furthermore, because the solution is fully cross-compatible through the web client, you can do all of this via your device of choice, whether it’s a Windows PC or laptop, iMac or MacBook, or iOS or Android mobile or tablet.

Whether you are fully remote or operating on a hybrid home and office model, TeamViewer Remote allows you to access company assets seamlessly, dip in and out of projects from different locations, and help and support colleagues — all by using a single, secure, and easy-to-use solution. 

 

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Work from home tools

To avoid performance issues, a strong, reliable Wi-Fi connection is essential. Particularly if you’re going to be doing a lot of bandwidth-heavy tasks when working remotely (e.g. video work or running multiple cloud applications at once), you’ll probably get better results by connecting your computer to the internet through an Ethernet cable instead of connecting wirelessly.

One of the major benefits of a solution such as TeamViewer Remote is the ability to open up your laptop from home (or anywhere) and then rapidly and securely gain remote access to spreadsheets, text documents, and other items contained on work systems.

If you’re used to having multiple documents, browser tabs, and application windows open across twin screens in the office, it’s going to be very difficult to get used to a single laptop screen at home. TeamViewer Remote offers multi-monitor support, which allows you to access multiple remote screens at once, and work on multiple screens as if you were physically sitting in front of them. However, as a rule, whatever visual display setup you have in the office, you should aim to replicate your work from home setup. The same applies to mouse and keyboard usage. 

When considering what audio equipment you’ll need, it’s worth taking into account how much time you’ll be spending in virtual meetings and voice calls, the characteristics of your home work environment, as well as your working style. 

If you only take occasional calls and meetings, you will probably be able to manage just fine with your computer’s inbuilt speaker and mic. If you’ll be spending lots of time in meetings, a work-focused audio headset might be a good investment. Opt for a noise-canceling model if your workspace is prone to occasional noise disturbance. Get a wireless headset kit if you enjoy getting up and moving around during calls. 

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How to maintain a healthy work from home balance

Follow these tips to help prevent your home working encroaching into your personal time and space:

  1. Separate devices for work and personal use. If possible, use your company laptop for work only. Use another device for leisure — ideally one that doesn’t have work tools installed on it. 
  2. Have a morning routine (e.g. breakfast and exercise) that is completely separate from work. 
  3. Devise a daily work from home schedule that has a defined start and end time. 
  4. Take a lunch break — separate from your work area. 
  5. Leave the house when the working day is over. For instance, go for a walk or bike ride. This helps establish clear water between work and personal time. 
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How to be more productive at working from home

To make sure you are not tied to your remote working desk for longer than you need to be, consider the following: 

  • Make a realistic to-do list every day — and stick to it.

  • Try to keep normal office hours if you can.

  • Have designated times for checking your messages to avoid a series of distractions caused by responding to emails. 

  • Take regular breaks (essential for recharging your energy levels throughout the day).

  • Eliminate digital distractions, for instance by limiting work machines to work use only, and resisting the temptation to check your social media feeds outside of your break times. 

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What jobs can you work from home?

With a comprehensive teleworking solution such as TeamViewer Remote, you can connect securely to work devices from any device and anywhere. 

This flexibility opens up the possibility of home working to a vast range of roles — including jobs with a customer facing and technical support element. Here are just a few examples:

  • All office-based roles, from senior management through to administrative assistants 

  • Account handlers 

  • Production managers (remote control of headless and unattended equipment is possible through TeamViewer Remote)

  • Customer service

  • IT support and helpdesk staff 

  • Professional trainers and educators

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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

  •  Use a task list.
  • Try to keep set working hours.

  • Schedule times for responding to messages so as not to get distracted from the task at hand.

  • Have a definite wrap time each day to maintain a distinction between work and personal time.

 

Three key benefits of home working for your business: 

  • Higher productivity. Many organizations find that allowing employees the option of working from home results in a boost in both productivity and creativity, and also increases staff morale in the long term. 

  • Less dead time. With access to best-in-class teleworking solutions, employees can access essential data and tools while on work trips, helping them stay productive while on the move. 

  • Access to a global workforce. With a solution such as TeamViewer Remote at your fingertips, your potential workforce is no longer confined to individuals who are able to commute to the office every day. This can result in a significantly increased talent pool to choose from.