About a month ago we published a blog post about working from home, not knowing that shortly after, due to COVID-19, we would all be forced into trying it.
To help you get through this challenging time, this blog post outlines some common problems you might face working remotely with simple solutions.
1. Problem: Unideal workspace / Solution: Makeshift ergonomics
For many of us, our homes are not prepared for this spontaneous remote working. You might not have a home office set up and so now you’re sitting at your dining room table. By 1 hour in, you might start to feel some neck pain from looking down at your laptop. This is when it’s time to get creative with some makeshift ergonomics! Grab some large cookbooks and stack them on top of each other to raise your screen so your neck isn’t craned down.
You might be sitting in a regular kitchen chair with not the best lumbar support. “Consider adding a rolled towel or other cushion between your lower back and the chair. Just remember to sit all the way back in your chair so the roll supports your spine, not just cushions it,” Dr. Catherine Lutsey, a doctor of physical therapy writes for SPINE-health.com in their article, “How to Support Your Back Every Day.” She also says to make sure to sit up straight and have your legs at 90 degrees with your feet planted flat on the ground.
Another piece of advice is to get up and walk around often. This will not only make your feel better physically but Dr. Allana LeBlanc, a physical activity expert for Participaction, told The Globe and Mail that, “it has been shown to make people more creative and focused.” Read more about these benefits in their article, “Get up, stand up and move around at work.”
2. Problem: Spotty WiFi / Solution: Silo Range Extender
One issue you might be having is that your WiFi isn’t reaching all the corners of your home. A range extender is like having a second router in another part of your home. It makes it so all the work isn’t left up to your router, which may not be doing the best job if it’s placed in an area of your home where you don’t usually use the internet, like your basement. Since we’re practicing social distancing, if you’d like to purchase one, we can send it to you in the mail. Please note, Silo’s range extender is only compatible with the Silo router. Feel free to reach out for more information about our Managed Home WiFi service.
3. Problem: Slow speeds / Solution: Limit bandwidth usage
We are all bound to be experiencing slower than normal Internet speeds right now with everyone at home pulling on the system. That said, we can all do our part to minimize our bandwidth usage. The more free bandwidth, the faster the Internet will run. One easy way you can do this is by turning off devices that aren’t being used. If you’re not using your gaming system, but it’s turned on, it could be running a download in the background.
Installing a free ad-blocking app will also help by getting rid of the incorporated pictures and videos that don’t do you any good and tax your Internet connection.
Our last piece of advice is to share when possible. Evenings are the heaviest usage times for most families. If you notice that each member of your family is using their own device, try to do something together. As you can imagine, if all of you are streaming one movie on Netflix, it will use a lot less than if you’re each streaming your own video in different rooms.
Keep in mind, during this time, we know you’re going to be using more data at home, which is why we’ve waived all data overages until April 30, 2020. Learn more about what we’re doing in response to COVID-19 here.
4. Problem: Connection issues / Solution: Don’t be afraid to call us!
If your Internet connection is intermittent or completely disconnected there’s a good chance we have a simple fix to get you back online. We know that people are desperately relying on their Internet connections at times like these and so our technicians, customer service representatives and tech support staff are all ready to help. You know that you can always call us at 519-449-5656, email [email protected] or contact us through our website at silo.ca/contact. But, did you know that you can also reach out to us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram? We’re here to help.