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A Business Guide to Working from Home

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Slowly, but surely, American businesses are increasingly allowing their employees to work from home. As of late 2019, it was reported that 43% of workers worked from home on occasion. Over the last five years, the number of remote workers grew by 44%. And over the last 10 years, they grew by 91%.

The benefits of working from home are clear for both the employees and the businesses they support:

Whether your business is considering an all-in approach or just wants to be prepared should the occasional need arise, you’ll need to have the basics covered to ensure your employees can capably work from home.

For the business…

  • Reduction of office space costs
  • Less risk and liability
  • Less environmental impact
  • Reduced turnover
  • Access to better talent
  • Fewer sick & vacation days used
  • Longer hours worked

And for
at-home worker…

  • Less stress
  • Higher morale
  • Increased productivity
  • Less time commuting
  • More time producing

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Covering the Basics

Ensure you have these key areas covered before further instituting your business’ work from home policy.

Hardware and software

Lenovo has a decades-long reputation for supporting business of all types with the latest tech, such as business laptops, mobile workstations and workstation towers, ThinkVision business monitors, servers, and computer accessories that cover every home office need.
The path to successfully working from home starts with the right technology for your home. And Lenovo has you covered. Lenovo has a decades-long reputation for supporting business of all types with the latest tech, such as business laptops, mobile workstations and workstation towers, ThinkVision business monitors, servers, and computer accessories that cover every home office need.

The path to successfully working from home starts with the right technology for your home. And Lenovo has you covered.

Communication tools

Collaboration is one of the most important aspects of a successful business, so you’ll want to ensure that all necessary engagements are possible, either over phone lines or the web. Video conferencing software is a great way to encourage face-to-face interaction amongst your employees no matter where they are. Here are some of the top options available to businesses:

To support web conferencing, there may be a few hardware considerations. Get your webcams, computer speakers, and headsets direct from Lenovo

Reliable and secure internet

Most employees are going to have reliable home internet already, but it’s something you’ll want to confirm with anyone you may plan to have work from home.

Perhaps just as important is ensuring the security of your business as employees utilize their personal connections to conduct, message, or store potentially sensitive business materials. A VPN can help encrypt all employee communications at scale, but there may be other considerations depending on your specific business.

Technical support services

If your employees are working remotely and encounter debilitating hardware or software failures, the results can be catastrophic. Ensure you minimize downtime by having a support staff that’s easily reached by phone or chat.

With LenovoPRO premier support, you can get quick access and 1:1 support from a Lenovo Solution Specialist in the event you encounter any issues with your Think-brand Lenovo products. LenovoPRO specialists can even assist with most general tech issues you may encounter, such as issues connecting to your VPN.

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Work from home made easier with Lenovo tech

At Lenovo, we don’t consider it our responsibility to encourage your business to institute work from home measures or not. Our job is to support you with the latest tech and services either way you lean in the work from home debate.

To that end, we’ve put together a collection of critical work from home tools you’ll need to outfit any employee’s home office space. With the right tools, you’ll ensure your workers are able to conduct their business from home as efficiently as they would at the office.

Many of Lenovo’s top products keep the home office user in mind through innovative technologies like dual far field microphones, found in select ThinkPad X and ThinkPad T Series laptops, that allow a more phone-like audio experience utilizing just your laptop’s onboard microphones. And the onboard audio in our latest models has been enhanced with Dolby Dual Audio for crystal-clear audio clarity.

Other features, such as automatic intelligent cooling, help to keep tech support at bay – meaning you can worry less about critical failures and how you’ll address them when tech support isn’t just a few steps away.

An ever-growing number of employees are working from home. Remote work certainly has its advantages – it can lower costs for employers and increase convenience for employees – but many households are not as well-equipped as today’s office spaces. This presents a challenge for telecommuting employees who want, or are required to, maintain in-office efficiencies while working remotely. Employees must carefully consider what they’ll need in their home office setup.

Luckily, Lenovo has all the business laptops and computer accessories you’ll need to flourish in the most comfortable environment – your own home.

Want to know even more about how to work from home? Review our Lenovo FAQ that includes tips for how to get started working from home and additional product recommendations, like the best work from home laptop and essential accessories you’ll need for your home office.

Lightweight computer options

Want to be more mobile around the house? Maybe an ultra-sleek and incredibly light ThinkPad X Series laptop, like the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, is the right home office computer choice for you. And, don’t worry about those mishaps that happen from time to time – whether you’re spilling a drink on it or dropping it on the table a bit too hard, Lenovo ThinkPads will keep on kicking.

Want something that’s as much for play as for serious business? With the right Lenovo laptop, you can have both! The 2 in 1 ThinkPad X1 Yoga adapts to any situation and offers a brilliant display for all the entertainment possibilities you’ll consider when a hard day’s work is behind you.

Business desktop computers

Looking for something a bit more stationary? Lenovo ThinkCentre desktop PCs and small form factor computers may be your best bet. Also, consider a ThinkCentre all in one PC model to free up even more space!

Remote workforce management

As an employer, you may be managing from a different position than your predecessors. As work forces shift their duties to the home, those in charge must manage and delegate from a distance. And what many employees will consider a top priority is ensuring their employees have the technology they need to be proficient in their responsibilities in their home office.

Look to LenovoPRO, your small business source for the latest business laptops, desktops, computer accessories, and other tech. With LenovoPRO, you’ll get up to an additional 5% off Think products – our ultra-reliable business PCs – exclusive business financing, technical support, solutions, and many other benefits. And don’t forget, LenovoPRO is FREE to join.

Home office accessories

When working from home, you’ll definitely need all the right home office accessories, and Lenovo has them. Our vivid ThinkVision displays, Lenovo professional mouse and keyboard sets, ThinkPad laptop docks that let you connect and disconnect all your devices with a single plugin, reliable home office printer options, and so much more. We’ve even got powerful computer speakers (because at home you can blast your work tunes out loud), and crystal clear headsets for all those conference calls. We even have home office furniture options to get your home business space built from the ground-up!

Remote learning

Working from home isn’t relegated to just the business world. Students are also increasingly learning (and working) from home rather than on campus or in classrooms. If you need tips on how to make your remote learning efforts more successful, Lenovo has them. Review our Lenovo FAQ for general tips on remote learning, as well as recommendations on the technology you’ll need for remote learning, like the best student laptops & essential accessories for your home learning environment.