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Remote WorkspaceIt's increasingly less important to be tied to a central office these days. Companies that offer generous telecommuting policies help their employees by reducing or eliminating the environmental and time-consuming impact of a commute. If you're one of the many who actually work more efficiently from a home office, you'll want to make sure that you're as well equipped at home as you are in your company's office. Here are some suggestions for establishing a home space, or even going entirely mobile.
  • Staying connected on the go. Thanks to 4G cellular technology, mobile Internet can be just as fast as residential connections. And in September of last year, Verizon announced it would begin field trials on so-called fifth-generation, or 5G, technology, radically increasing wireless speeds and responsiveness. Roger Gurnani, chief information and technology architect for Verizon, said he expects "some level of commercial deployment" to begin by 2017. That's great news for road warriors.

  • "Talk" to your coworkers without in-office meetings. After all, this is one of the greatest benefits of working outside the traditional office environment. Consider services like WebEx, which offers online meeting and video conferencing for up to seven people. GoToMeeting is a provider that works well with an iPad for those who are truly mobile. Intercall lets callers record and playback in addition to standard conference calling features. Of course, Skype, the free VOIP, also provides low-cost unlimited calling plans to land-lines and cell phones, and now you can add up to 10 people to a videoconference.

  • Get a good headset. With all that conferencing you'll be doing, you'll need one that's both dependable and comfortable. The Jabra UC Voice 550 Duo gets great reviews for comfort: soft earcups don't put pressure on your ears, and a voice-canceling mic filters out background noise so the folks in the office won't get distracted by any of your household noises. Regardless of the brand you choose, look for mute controls, noise-canceling options, comfort and great sound quality.

  • Bring backup. Battery backup, that is. Searching for an outlet at an inopportune moment is the last thing you need. The newest battery pack cases can extend the battery life of your devices by hours. For instance, Apple has launched an iPhone 6s/iPhone 6s Plus battery pack case. The "Smart Battery Case" looks like a standard but hefty standard silicone case, but has a battery pack to give you up to 25 hours of more power.
Remember, by telecommuting from home, you'll likely be responsible for the risks associated with your workspace. Call TCU Insurance Agency at (800) 772-8043 to review your home insurance policy today.

(Article courtesy: Chubb)
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