Working remotely has become more popular in recent years; in fact, the number of employees who have worked from home at least one day per month has grown by more than 300 percent over the past 20 years. More companies have embraced employees’ remote setups, which were initially mainly requested by mothers returning from maternity leave and parents with young children at home. A harmonious mix of work and family, now known as work—life balance in research and business press, is widely recognized as a critical component of a healthy lifestyle. Employees working away from the office have proven to be more productive. According to research in Forbes, on average, 13.5% more calls were made per week by remote call center workers than by their counterparts in the office. Thus, a simple change in environment translates into roughly a whole extra work day per week for each worker.
So if you’re contemplating the idea of working remotely, particularly during long weekends and family trips, consider some of the following advantages:
- It avoids commuting time — Regardless of how long it takes you to get to your work site, working remotely eliminates the time and cost of your daily commute.
- You can wear what you want — There’s no set dress code here, wherever that is! Start the day in your gym clothes or lounge in your pajamas while you get work done.
- It increases your flexibility — Making your office mobile means you’re able to work when you want. Whether you’re more productive in the evening or have a deadline during a family vacation, you can get the job done on your schedule without being present in the office.
If your summer travel plans coincide with a critical conference call or deadline, don’t fret. Here are helpful accessories to assist you in making the transition to your mobile office so you bring balance to your work and family needs:
MiFi M100 by Novatel Wireless — $109.99
Ideal for when you are in between destinations and need internet connection, the MiFi M100 by Novatel Wireless delivers fast, secure, 4G LTE mobile hotspot speeds for data connectivity. With the simple touch of a button, you’re able to connect up to 15 Wi-Fi-enabled devices whenever and wherever you need them.
Bluetooth Headset — $129.99
Whether you’re at home and the kids are running around or you’re working from your favorite local coffee shop, it’s important to have a quality headset when working remotely. The BlueParrott B350-XT Bluetooth Headset includes a noise-canceling feature with 95% effectiveness and a button to select call settings such as mute and speed dial.
Wireless Jobsite Bundle — $488.88
Everything you need to make your office mobile is included in this bundle. For solid durability, the package includes a strong case for its Wi-Fi-only tablet, 4G Wi-Fi antenna, 3G LTE antenna, and GPS antenna. Stay connected through Skype calls with your co-workers with the built-in camera. This bundle ensures you won’t have to worry about monthly data fees, allowing you to have Internet connection almost anywhere.
Enjoy your summer with no loss of productivity and a bit of flexibility by making your office mobile. Take these tips and accessories into consideration the next time you plan to work remotely.
Milvian Prieto,a New Jersey-based writer, is on a quest to find the best apps that benefit 20-somethings and young families. She loves learning about technology and the way it impacts our lives.