After the global pandemic began in 2020, the number of remote workers soared. That trend hasn’t slowed, as more companies shift to at least a permanent hybrid workplace.
As a result, many employers report more productivity from their remote workers and greater job satisfaction. This pivot from an office to remote work means more time at home for many workers. They continue to search for ways to improve their at-home workspace to maximize efficiency and productivity. Smart home features offer many options that can keep you focused and comfortable while working remotely.
Here are a few ways smart home technology improves your work performance.
1. Maintain Strong Internet Connection with Smart WiFi
A reliable and strong network at home is an important part of successful remote work. You take responsibility at home for maintaining access to online work systems and information. That’s where smart home WiFi comes in, creating a reliable home network that provides consistent internet access.
The added network security provided by smart WiFi also protects your work. The technology protects your personal computer, your gaming console, anything connected to your smart WiFi. They are all vulnerable to hackers seeking access through your WiFi network. and workspace secure, and maintain that protection by remaining vigilant.
Enable your home router’s encryption setting to limit access. You will also want to change passwords regularly to limit network access. Use a different password for your network than you do for other electronic devices. Keep all firmware updated, particularly for routers that help improve security. Make sure you have reliable and reputable antivirus software.
2. Improve work productivity with Smart Voice Assistants
If you work from home, chances are you need an assistant. There are numerous minor tasks that take time. Why not use a smart voice assistant to take that off your plate.
Your smart home needs a smart voice assistant to help you with some basics. You can check the weather, make a to-do list, or schedule a meeting with a colleague. Your smart voice assistant can also help with online research and set your home alarm.
When the workday slows down or you need a break, your smart voice assistant can access music and audiobooks, or start your TV.
3. Reduce Work Distractions With Smart Cameras
It’s important to stay focused at work, even more so when working from home. There are plenty of distractions that interrupt your workday. Consider installing a doorbell camera that includes a mobile app. This way, you won’t have to jump up each time someone knocks on the door. You can see who’s there and speak to them from the app without leaving your home office.
Your home camera system can also keep an eye on other areas of your property. From the pool to the backyard, you can position cameras for maximum protection. You won’t have to get up from your desk if you hear a noise. Just check your cameras and limit those distractions. Tell the mail person to leave the package by the door without leaving your laptop.
You can also use cameras inside your home to make sure the kids are doing homework or staying off the TV. You don’t have to leave your home office. They are all tied to your mobile app for easy use.
4. Increase Safety With Smart Security Systems
Don’t think just because you are working from home, your home is safe. You need the peace of mind that a smart security system provides for your home. Your smart home system can secure your entry doors, lock your garage, and monitor sliders and windows while you work. This is particularly important for women who want to stay safe while working from home.
Keep in mind you will need a few components in your home security system to ensure you are truly protected. Home security should include outdoor and indoor cameras, glass-breaking sensors, motion detectors, and monitors for fire and carbon monoxide. You can tie all of these components together with your Amazon Alexa or Google Home.
5. Control Energy Costs With Smart Thermostats
You may never think about energy costs while at the office. That’s not your problem. But you should pay attention to your utility bills while working from home. A smart home system can automatically monitor your use of electricity, gas, and water. It also allows you to set automatic controls to regulate use.
For example, you can ensure a comfortable temperature all day without getting up frequently to check the thermostat. You can also use a mobile app program to adjust the temperature quickly and to measure energy use. Your smart thermostat allows you to program when your cooling or heating system turns on and off. You can program zones in your home to manage energy use, turn off lights, and cool unoccupied areas.
Instead of home energy costs rising while you work remotely, you can reduce them. A smart home system allows you to control energy usage in areas where you work during the day. You can control through a mobile app or virtual assistant connected to your network. Use your smart home system to check that all the lights are off upstairs and throughout the house.
As remote work becomes the new normal for many workers, a comfortable and safe home is important. Take steps to ensure that your smart home provides convenience and comfort in your new home workplace.