When the entire world ventured into a work-from-home scenario, they were confident that the modern tools and facilities that technology has to offer can facilitate this transition.
And they were right, but to some extent only. Modern technology did allow us to make that transition, but now, it’s making us realize that not everyone was ready for it.
When we transitioned to the work-from-home environment, we only brought ourselves there, and not the technology we had access to at our offices. Thus, many of us are finding it difficult to enjoy ourselves or work properly right now. Here are a few reasons why this limited access to certain technologies is ruining our work-from-home experience.
Working with low-end devices
One of the biggest challenges that a lot of people face when shifting to a work-from-home system is having to work with a low-end PC. It goes without saying that most of you don’t own the same high-end computer at your home like the one at your office. Office computers usually have very high specifications. From high processing capabilities to much larger memories, the computers at your office are very high-performing machines. However, the same can’t be said for the ones at your home.
In a lot of cases, working with a low-end computer isn’t that bad, especially if the work you do can be done with a minimum amount of RAM and processing capabilities. However, for those of you who work as game or software developers, visual artists or editors, cybersecurity experts, etc., a low-end PC just won’t do the trick. To make sure that you can keep doing your work without any problem, you need to upgrade to a better and more high-performing computer (preferably like the one at your workplace) at your home.
Working on a low-end device will not only ruin the work-from-home experience for you, but it’ll also fail to get the job done. Hence, if you have the option to switch to a high-end computer, you should immediately do so.
Communication will always be a problem
While you can always use regular meeting or video conferencing platforms to take care of all your internal communications, you can’t do the same when you have to deal with people outside the company. After all, they don’t know how to reach you through these platforms, and nor is it a viable solution.
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At your office, you’re probably used to high-quality communication tools and services. From business phone systems, installed specifically to provide a better call quality between you and your clients and customers, to high-speed internet service, your office provides you with a lot of facilities. The same facilities are likely unavailable at your home. After all, you don’t need nor can you afford commercial internet service for your home. The same goes for office phone systems. There’s no need for regular desk phones at our home nowadays let alone smart business phone systems.
Communication becomes a greater problem when your entire job description is centered around, like when you’re working at customer service or handling sales or client relations. You can of course rely on your mobile phones to provide you with the same service, but even they fail to meet the requirements from time to time.
Limited access to important resources
The resources in question here are mostly tools and software. When a company or office buys software for its internal uses, it usually purchases the product for the entire workplace. The product is then distributed to all its users through a network device and can be used as long as those computers are connected to that specific network.
Software as a Service has become very important to us. It allows users to access necessary tools and software without having to install them physically on their devices. Thanks to cloud computing, you can use these facilities from the comforts of your home as well. However, due to reasons like scaling, poor internet service, low-performance PCs, etc., you might fail to utilize these resources properly.
And it’s not just your PC that’s the problem, the entire infrastructure has trouble adjusting to everyone’s work-from-home scenario. The resources, no matter where they’re hosted, can’t reach everyone nor perform everywhere with the same efficiency. Most of this has to do with the hardware and network connectivity on your end. It’s a problem that will keep bothering professionals everywhere working from their homes.