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Agile/Remote Working (Part 2) – Technology (Hardware)

Agile/Remote Working (Part 2) – Technology (Hardware)

What should you be using – and why?…..

Agile/remote working – perhaps not as simple as it may seem?

Many organisations are now following the entrepreneurial lead and moving to a more ‘agile’ or ‘activity based’ way of working.

The tech revolution has allowed us to start to work wherever and whenever we want – central city locations for big companies are no longer the only place that we can work – coffee shop, co-working space, library, the trains are all places of work now.  

This gives us more flexibility than ever before – hoorah!  But it also poses some potential difficulties that are easily overcome with just a bit of thought – problem is that we tend not to think about them until it’s too late, and we’ve now got aches & pains, or a clunky way of working that we probably could have avoided.

In this series of blogs on agile working we’ll be working our way through all aspects of people, place and technology and giving you our thoughts on what you need to consider and why when moving away from traditional office based working routines.

So whether you’re a Freelancer, Remote Worker, Facilities Manager, or Co-working Space provider you’ll find some useful nuggets here to get you thinking.

By no means will these be exhaustive lists – just food for thought to help navigate these changes for either yourself, your employees or your clients. 

Part 2 – Technology (Hardware)

So instead of sitting at the same desk and using your traditional desktop computer, the amazing leaps forward in technology over the past few years are allowing us to work wherever and whenever we like.  But with the vast array of technology available to us it’s not easy to know where to start in choosing what’s right for you or your organisation.

So what do you need to consider and why?

One Size/Solution Doesn’t Fit All

It’s so easy to think that if you’re shifting to a more agile way of working then any laptop will do.  But if you spend a bit of time looking how you’ll actually be working then you’re far more likely to get it right 1st time.   

What Do You Need?

Clearly not everyone will need everything on this list so here are the pros and cons:

Desktop computer – easy to set yourself up in a comfortable and ‘ergonomic’ way – generally plenty of adjustability but clearly not portable and therefore not conducive to agile working unless you’re going to be based in 1 remote location.

Laptop – soooo many different sizes and weights available.  A large screen is easier to work on, but heavier to carry around.  A small screen is not so easy to work on and (usually depending on how much you’re prepared to spend!), not necessarily light either.

Tablet – lovely and light to carry around, but small screen and poor ergonomics (especially if used without a keyboard) make it unsuitable for prolonged use.

Docking station – a full size monitor, keyboard and mouse for your laptop or tablet to help bridge the gaps between size, comfort, and weight when used for prolonged periods in an office based environment.  Best of both worlds if you’re moving around some of the time, but also have a regular base of home or a co-working space.

Battery life and power cables – you’re not necessarily going to want to drag around a heavy power cable with you every day so battery life is definitely a consideration, as is the making sure you have access to additional cables to be kept in frequently used places such as home, office or co-working space.

Phone – hard, soft or mobile?  Once again this depends on the degree of ‘agility’ and headsets will make life much more comfortable if you’re on the phone for any length of time.

So lots of things to think about.  One size/solution doesn’t fit all, so it will need a bit of consideration to make sure you get the right kit for the job you’re doing and the way that you’re working.  

If you think we’ve missed anything we’d be delighted to hear from you.  Let us know what you think, or what your experiences have been, and we can all help add to the discussion on the best ways forward as our offices become more and more ‘mobile’.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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