Hybrid Worker's Buyer's Guide
Setting Up Your Hybrid Workspace
Even as the COVID-19 outbreak has made social distancing a priority, we must still maintain our connections with each other. Those who work from remote locations, including their home, know the value of having the right technology tools and systems to stay engaged with colleagues and the business community.
The ability to shift to a hybrid workplace has never been so essential to business continuity. And unless employees' home offices have the right equipment, collaboration and productivity can suffer.
On this page, we’re sharing with you the equipment and advice that will help minimize distractions and empower you to be productive and perform your job at a high level — regardless of workplace location.
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Webcams & Presentation Solutions
A proper home office setup can improve your productivity and keep you engaged in the meeting. That setup should accommodate video meetings and those times when you feel the need to move to a different part of the house to work. Today's portable, wireless presentation options with HDMI compatibility can have you up and running in a different room, connected to a different display, in only a few minutes.
Headsets & Earsets
When working from home, you have to focus on the meeting without worrying about background noise that distracts you or the remote attendees. Using the speakerphone option of your cell phone may technically work, but it's far from professional because it doesn’t provide the quality audio you and your colleagues depend on. Instead, look for a comfortable mic/headset combo with active noise canceling and easy connectivity into your devices.
Modern work laptops have gotten lighter and more powerful, but they often lack the amount of inputs necessary to support dual monitors, video, audio and input devices, etc. Traditional docking stations are fine for large work areas but can be too big or bulky for smaller, work-from-home office setups. Fortunately, manufacturers such as Cables to Go have more portable docking station solutions to help manage all your digital connections.
There's a reason most professional radio personalities and content creators use a dedicated microphone instead of their webcam. The sound quality of mics built into most laptops and low-cost web cameras may be functional, but not stellar. Dynamic microphones such as the Shure MV7 offer both zero-lag USB and XLR outputs for use with computers and professional interfaces alike. Connect via USB for plug-and-play video calls and streaming. Additional features allow you to control your vocal tone, and distance from the microphone to ensure you always sound your best.
If you'd rather not wear a headset with mic during every call, a quality speaker phone with echo-cancellation and noise reduction features is an excellent choice. Today’s speaker phones offer incredible sound quality and include quick access to mute and volume controls. We recommend choosing a speaker phone with auto-silence, USB power, and plug-and-play capabilities.
When you have more than one monitor in your work-from-home space, you can easily see multiple documents at once. And they make it much easier to work on shared documents during a call while also seeing your online teammates. Quality desktop monitors will also reduce eyestrain and allow you to work with proper posture. Place the top of your monitors at or slightly below your eyeline and about an arm's length away to help avoid slouching or neck strain. Avoid screen glare by positioning the monitors away from direct light.
Quick links and other resources
Looking for other tips or advice on work-from-home best practices? Check out the articles below.
- Shop all Microsoft® Teams Compatible Products
- Poly - How to manage working remotely (downloadable pdf)
- AVOCOR Microsoft Teams certified collaboration displays (downloadable pdf)
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