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5 ways to boost your productivity while working from home

Working from home can come with many challenges. Especially if you’re not used to it, it can be difficult to channel the same level of focus that you might be used to from working in an office. Suddenly being away from the rest of your team, will most lightly also cause a lack of collaboration and connection, making it difficult to navigate and prioritize tasks.

Technology is the key to working remotely. But beyond phone calls and e-mails there are many ways to optimize and enhance productivity and teamwork across locations. Figure out which collaboration tools work for you and tailor your remote working style to get the most out of working from home and to keep up the collaboration and connection with your team.

We’ve gathered five tips on how to stay productive while enjoying the freedom of the remote workplace.

#1 Get video conferencing

Seeing your colleagues and their reactions clearly enables effective decision making that can optimize your business. A quality video solution with a high frame rate, and automatic lighting correction means you’ll get the most from video conferencing platforms like Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Amazon Connect and others.

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#2 Increase collaboration and make meetings count

Working from home can be lonely and having no colleagues or teammates to talk to can be emotionally exhausting. Collaboration tools such as Zoom, Microsoft, Amazon Connect and many more are excellent tool to boost your collaboration within your team and with other teams and will also help ensure that you stay connected with your teammates.

For instance, Microsoft Teams, part of Office 365, is a collaboration app that helps your staff stay organized and have conversations, from any device. You can use Microsoft Teams to have instant conversations with members of your staff or guests outside your organization. You can also make phone calls, host meetings, create group chats/ calls share files and much more. In Microsoft Teams, you can also record your Teams meetings and group calls to capture audio, video, and screen sharing activity. There is also an option for recordings to have automatic transcription, so that you can play back meeting recordings with closed captions and search for important discussion items in the transcript. The recording happens in the cloud and is saved to Microsoft Stream, so you can share it securely across your organization.

# 3 Pick the right audio devices

When attending an online conference call, the quality of your headset is just as important as the speed of your internet connection. If you have poor audio quality, it can negatively affect your call’s productivity and your team’s communication. So whether at home, in a café or in-transit – wireless, active noise cancelling headsets can improve the quality of your business calls by reducing ambient noise in your environment. High quality microphones in the headset will also boost speech intelligibility for your listener.

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Why choose a UC certified headset

Even though it is just you at home, and you might be able to hear what is being said, the other end of your call will have a much better audio if you use a headset that can ensure your communication comes through crystal clear. You might have found yourself talking into the keyboard microphones of your laptop once or twice... with a wireless headset you can be productive and multitask a bit, even while you’re on a call.

Important to pick a UC certified audio device

Picking a certified headset will power you to create a superior and more intuitive experience. For instance, headsets and speakerphones that are Microsoft Teams certified, such as our speakerphone EXPAND 30T and our next generation headsets in the ADAPT line, will have a version available with a dedicated Microsoft Teams button to instantly invoke the Teams app, giving instant access for scheduling a meeting, starting a call, or checking the calendar, thus helping you to be more productive and connected. The Teams versions also provide audio and visual alerts when a Teams notification occurs. EPOS headsets and speakerphones are also compatible with Zoom and other UC platforms

# 4 Establish a designated work area


Location, location, location. Having a dedicated office spot, your workstation, is crucial when working from home. It’s important to have some sort of physical boundary when working from home — ideally away from your bed, kitchen, and TV, and near a window. Having a dedicated desk/ work area will help you focus on work, not being distracted by laundry or other homely to dos.

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#5 Respect your health

Office workdays are structured, and employers look out for the wellbeing of their workforce. As a remote worker it’s your job to do this for yourself. Five-minute breaks after each 45-minute stint of work enable your brain to reset. At least half an hour for lunch and a walk outside in the fresh air will set you up for the afternoon work session ahead.

EPOS audio solutions are designed with the remote workforce in mind

Our premium speakerphones and headsets enable you to work more effectively from your home office, maintain professionalism and maximize productivity. Furthermore, they are compatible with all major collaboration platforms including Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Amazon Connect, Google and many more.

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EXPAND 30

Instant conferencing anywhere

Keep in touch with your colleagues from home or out on-the-go through a portable, wireless speakerphone that provides instant, high-quality conferencing.

EXPAND 30T, a Microsoft Teams certified portable speaker phone, allows you to connect to your Teams meeting with the click of a button, in a huddle room or from home. The speakerphone was recently reviewed by Forbes magazine, read what Forbes had to say about EXPAND 30T.

Learn more about EXPAND 30 Series

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IMPACT 5000

IMPACT 5000 Series are enterprise focused, wireless headsets that comes with 3-in-1 wearing styles and a center Hub controller. The device is compatible with multiple Unified Communications vendors such as Skype, Webex, Teams etc.

The IMPACT SDW 5000 series is a DECT certified wireless headset series, which means encrypted voice communications. So, if you’re in the finance or trade industry, or other industries where encrypted voice communication is important, this is the right headset for you, both at the office and when working remote.

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IMPACT 600

Outstanding clear communication
Upgrade your home office with outstanding audio from the premium wired IMPACT 600 Series – crafted to perfection and with easy call handling.

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ADAPT 100

Your Sound. Your Design
A minimalist design with EPOS stereo sound for calls and multimedia. A headset that adapts seamlessly to your work at home or out on-the-go.

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Why work remotely?

Remote working is the reality of the modern workplace. It offers today’s workers flexibility and control in their busy lives and greater work-life balance.

For employers too, being able to offer such flexibility can help attract top talent, decrease employee sick days and even reduce the overheads of their businesses. For employers to help employees thrive and stay productive while working form home, it is imperative that the employers ensures that the employees have the right tools to work with, both in terms of audio devices to increase focus and reduce time spent on mishearing’s and uncertainty and collaboration tools.

43%

of US employees have done some part of their job remotely, Harvard Business Review

83%

reported an improvement in productivity due to flexible working, Vodafone study

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less employee attrition recorded when working remotely, Remote work productivity study, Stanford University

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more days worked per year by remote workers, Airtasker study

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of Gen Zers work from home at least once a week, State of Collaboration report

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say more flexibility will improve their productivity, Staples Advantage Workplace Index