Productivity and Motivation
Working remotely is not new. Many companies have had a remote working policy for many years. However, recently there has been a significant increase in the number of companies that have been forced to consider this option.
Getting used to managing a remote workforce can be difficult
Working remotely for the first time can be stressful. Having the right tools to conduct business efficiently and effectively is vital if you want to get the most from your remote workers and want to avoid isolation, anxiety and burn out to ensure productivity and motivation.
The key to productive remote workers is their workspace. In the rush to set up access to systems that allow working from home, some managers did not have time to think about the long-term effects of working from a laptop. It is important to consider the stress on the body and the eyes from sustained laptop use.
Laptops allow us to be able to work more flexibly, but they have been blamed for causing back, neck and shoulder problems.
The features that make laptops very portable, such as a screen attached to the keyboard, are the same features that make it difficult for people to adopt correct posture when using them.
Here are some ways you can make your laptop safer and more comfortable to use:
- Use a separate keyboard and mouse so the laptop can be put on a stand and the screen opened at eye level.
- Use your laptop on a stable base where there is support for your arms, and not on your lap.
- Take regular breaks. If you’re moving, there’s a lot less stress on your muscles and joints.
- Sit properly with lower back support, and ensure other desk equipment is within reach.
- Get into good habits before the aching starts. Neck, shoulder, and back problems gradually build up over time.
Source: NHS England
Screen resolution, size and position can have a significant negative effect on worker productivity and motivation. Some manufactures have developed purpose built integrated screens that significantly improve work conditions and lower technical support needs due to fully integrated audio visual and communication capability.
Like for example the new Lenovo T24v-20 with its smart, innovative features. This 23.8-inch monitor has an IR camera, which along with Windows Hello and enterprise-grade security, ensures instant and secure login. The camera is equipped with a physical shutter that works as added protection to user privacy. Dual microphones and speakers offer an enhanced VoIP meeting experience.