There are many significant changes to our lives that have come about as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, one of them being the need to work from home. While some people may have experience working from home, there are many others who have none. At any rate, working from home every single day for weeks on end is significantly different from doing so every once in a while.
For the sake of your comfort and productivity, it’s useful to invest in some gear that can make remote work possible, bearable, and even enjoyable. Here’s a list of seven items we highly recommend that can make a difference in your new work life.
Steelcase Leap Chair
Let’s start with the basics – a high-quality, ergonomic work chair. Without a good chair, your work-from-home life will be filled with aches, pains, and misery. The Steelcase Leap Chair is state-of-the-art, with the ability to adjust perfectly to your body’s unique needs. The chair is also sustainable, made of 35% recycled content and produced with as little impact on the environment as possible. You can recycle up to 94% of the chair when you’re done with it, but you won’t have to for a long time, as it’s built to last and the parts can be replaced at any time.
The Leap Chair is fully adjustable, meaning you can recline, sit upright, or anything in between, and switch between positions as often as you’d like throughout the day (which is healthy for you!).
Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones
An absolute must for anybody working in a home environment with distracting noises (that makes pretty much all of us), these Sony headphones are the industry leader in canceling noise. Beyond their impressive ability to create silence, the WH1000XM3 headphones also allow you to take phone calls hands-free, are Alexa enabled, offer all-day comfort, and last 30 hours on a single charge. Our favorite feature? All you have to do to turn down your sound is cup your hand over your right ear, making it quick and easy to have a conversation if your kid walks into the room or you think you hear the doorbell.
MoKo Tablet Pillow Stand
Even those of us with the most comfortable chairs and the world’s best sleep hygiene may feel like working from our sofas or beds once in a while. It may not be recommended all the time, but it can feel really great early in the morning or when your afternoon energy slump is threatening to put you to sleep.
The MoKo Tablet Pillow Stand allows you to be comfy in bed (or on a couch or armchair) while you work on your iPad or tablet. You can save yourself the arm pain of constantly holding your tablet while taking advantage of one of the best perks of working from home – doing so from whatever piece of furniture your heart desires.
The pillow stand has small pockets on either side to store essentials like a stylus, charger, or earbuds, and requires absolutely no set-up. It’s versatile, working with pretty much every tablet-shaped device, and can be bent into several configurations depending on what position you’re lounging in.
If, like most of us, you’re spending a ton of your time on video conferencing software like Zoom or Microsoft Teams lately, you’re probably only just now realizing how much of a difference webcam quality can make. Chances are, the camera built into your laptop isn’t super great, and may not give the most professional impression for business meetings.
That’s where the Logitech Brio comes in. It’s got autofocus, 4K video quality, a high dynamic range (HDR), and automatically changes exposure depending on the lighting in your home – though the built-in lights make lighting concerns a thing of the past. This webcam can even zoom and pan, letting you be your own work-from-home Spielberg. It’s compatible with all of the common video chat programs, as well as Microsoft Hello (though you can use it on a Mac, too).
And the audio quality is great, too, with two omnidirectional microphone and noise-canceling technology. Plus, you can keep your privacy, since the Brio lets you choose between three options for how much of your background the image shows. Mount it wherever you want with the easy-to-use clip, or thread it onto a tripod to be even more professional. No more grainy, blurry, fuzzy video meetings.
Sound + Sleep Sound Machine
Though you may think of a sound machine as primarily a product to help you fall asleep at night, it can actually have so many more uses. Specifically, the white noise setting can help people concentrate during work, especially if they live in an environment that makes it hard to focus. Whether you have noisy neighbors, kids running around the house, or it’s just too silent compared to your usually-bustling workplace, the Sound + Sleep machine can keep your mind on task.
This machine automatically adjusts its volume to your environment, can be set on a timer, and you can use it with headphones if you have others in your home that don’t want to listen to the same thing as you.
Stretching Exercise Poster
This item is minor, but it packs a major punch when it comes to improving your work experience. While at the office, you have to get up for meetings, to go to the break room, and to run to your car for that jacket you forgot. But working from home can have you sitting in the exact same position all day, which can seriously damage your body over time.
This stretching exercise poster can help remind you to stretch and guide you through choosing which stretches are best for each part of your body. It offers 53 exercises with easy-to-follow diagrams and is laminated to last you for long after quarantine is over. Don’t skip this one: it can make a serious impact on your health.
Vabotu Coordination Software
All physical gear aside, one of the biggest challenges of working from is staying productive in the absence of being able to collaborate with your team like how you used to, and that is just as big of a concern as noisy distractions are. Vabotu’s coordination software is a must-have for teams trying to streamline their communication, collaboration, and work. It’s a powerful, all-in-one tool, combining chat with online storage and task management to make it easy for you to continue to get things done from your home without missing a step. You might even find yourself being more efficient than you were before.