The Ultimate Guide To Working From Home

Guides 22nd April 2020

From what broadband you need, to creating the perfect schedule and top tips on how to boost productivity, Truespeed’s ultimate guide to working from home covers everything you need to know for successful remote working.

Whether you do it in your pyjamas, or don a full shirt and tie, there’s one staple item that everyone needs when working from home…that’s right, you guessed it, broadband. Thousands of remote workers are relying on broadband to efficiently work from home, pushing the desperate need for full fibre connectivity that can handle the surge in demand, to the forefront of the nation’s digital agenda.

So to ease the stress poor broadband inflicts when working from home, wanting to throw laptops out of windows from sheer frustration of constantly freezing video calls (we’ve all been there) TrueSpeed has put together simple steps to help you master remote working.

You may be a regular home worker, who has nailed effective time management and dealing with distractions such as noisy neighbours or a sudden urge to clean the cooker. But for many of us, this is a new normal and productivity is still a necessity whilst juggling a full household. Balancing workload, taking important time for yourself, family priorities and fitting in some online social fun with friends can be challenging, but we’ve got you covered on how to boost productivity and get that work-life balance sorted.

Step 1: Creating schedules and why they’re so important for home working

Each of us has our own approach to being more efficient – whether that’s starting early, having a dedicated work space, working around child care or powering through emails in the evening. Be transparent with your team about times where you can be most productive, it will help with the work life balance and manage expectations helping to alleviate stress.

Step 2: Finding the right tools for remote working

Step 2 is all about finding the right online tools to fit your work style and help make your work time really count. Working from home technology is plentiful, and there’s an A-Z of apps and tools available to keep you and your team better connected and more productive ranging from BlueJeans and Slack, to WhatsApp and Zoom.

Step 3: Checking your broadband

Last but not least, Use broadband that is up to the job! Now more than ever, we’ve realised the frustrations poor broadband inflicts when trying to work from home – Zoom calls that constantly freeze, kicking people off Netflix in order to have online conference calls and not to mention peak time drop outs that leave emails stuck in the dreaded outbox.

Many of us are struggling with broadband that is unable to cope with the surge of online activity, making it incredibly difficult for effective home working. This is because the existing and outdated, copper-based infrastructure thousands of us are using, simply cannot cope with the level of demand.

But don’t lose hope, there are great broadband solutions out there that can turbo-boost productivity when working from home and keep the rest of the family happy at the same time!

What broadband is the best for working from home?

The answer to what broadband will actually work for you, is full fibre networks. These brand-new networks are ultrafast and deliver reliable connectivity 24-7. By connecting full fibre cables directly into every property (no out-dated copper wires or splitting of cables in sight) the speeds you get are guaranteed.

So what does that mean….in essence, it means stress free, reliable connectivity. You can easily video call, download and upload files in seconds, send emails without a worry all whilst the rest of your family are streaming high definition movies and FaceTiming the in-laws.

The great news is, TrueSpeed is rolling out our ultrafast network to more areas than ever before, so you could be sitting pretty with ultrafast broadband sooner than you think! You can even sign up here

Why full fibre broadband is the best for remote working

To do the job properly, only 100% full fibre will do. You’ll probably see ‘fibre’ services labelled as superfast fibre or fibre broadband…but beware of these imitations. They’re commonly known as Fibre-To-The-Cabinet or FTTC connections, which rely on old fashioned copper phone lines for the final connection to your home. These copper wires are split between several properties giving less reliable service, drop outs and buffering particularly during peak times and highly variable upload and download speeds.

In essence, getting to grips with remote working tools and services has opened up a world wide web of home working possibilities, as well as shining a light on sections of the wardrobe that haven’t seen daylight for a while. Whether your preference is for dress-up Monday or dress-down Friday, boosting your broadband and future-proofing your connectivity will ensure you can host videoconference calls from home in style.

So with simple steps such as switching to full fibre broadband, creating a schedule that works for you and switching off social media in order to boost productivity, working from home will be a walk in the park. As working from home is set to be here for the long run, why not really master remote working and check out Truespeed’s blog on how to create the perfect home office.

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Building an entirely new ultrafast network is a bit pricier than simply connecting to existing copper cabling. But we don’t think that’s a cost you should incur and, happily, neither does the government. With their Broadband Delivery UK Scheme, you get it for FREE.