Staying in the know during COVID-19

Working from home does not have to be a daunting task, or reduce a person to nothingness because there is not a clear line to draw between your bed and the uncomfortable desk chair.

Improving your WFH experience can be as easy as working with what you have in your environment – just like at work.

  1. Get a comfortable chair
  2. Subscribe to a faster internet connection
  3. Make sure your connection is secure
  4. Invest in proper IT support
  5. Drink water
  6. Take regular breaks

Let’s get into the nitty-gritty:

Comfortable Chair

Getting a comfortable chair is simply me trying to convince you to make sure you take care of your glutes and back muscles.

If you do not want to overspend on a gaming, or an office chair, low-cost improvements include getting a cushion for your glutes to rest themselves on for the better part of the day.

Blazing fibre internet connection

If you are still on old internet connection technologies like ADSL, or worse: dial-up; it’s time to get yourself from under that rock, or down from that secluded mountain that you call home – subscribe to a fibre connection.

If you are in Singapore like me, you can get a blazing fast fibre internet connection from just S$40 a month.

Since a lot of software, and tools are readily available online, it only makes sense to have this.

If fibre internet connections are not available in your area, then upgrade to faster speeds. anything under 100 Mbps is really not going to cut it.

Secure your connection

Just because you get a fast connection, it does not mean it is fast enough to evade threats on the internet.

Oh yes, we had a good laugh when we heard one of our clients suggesting this.

Dangers do not just lurk, they show up in your face these days, and declare your (PC’s) untimely death.

To decrease your chances of getting hit – notice I did not say anything about guarantees – you got to make sure you follow 3 simple steps:

Step 1: Ensure that your PC is up to date, be it the operating system, or your application.

Step 2: Another thing is have an anti-virus in place that does not suck the life out of your PC. We include a business, or premium edition of Webroot for our clients when they subscribe to our remote IT support services.

Step 3: Last but not least, have backups of your important documents. Having a file available online does not equal to having a backup of it.

Subscribe to remote IT support services

In this day and age, providers of remote IT support like CTARe are on the rise to curb the rising costs, and the high turnover rate of IT specialists.

Catering to the consumers, and the businesses alike, managed services providers (aka MSPs) provide the same level of IT support in an enterprise environment, at small business prices.

What this means is that an SME or SMB can subscribe to a service where they can get IT support at a fixed flat-fee per month, without worrying about hardware, software, and manpower costs.

Sounds like a dream that is too good to be true? It is not.

Understanding that companies do not want to utilise CAPEX for IT support, and the ongoing trend to use OPEX to acquire premium IT support, CTARe started offering managed services as early as 2014 to cater to the APAC region, which was in need of an IT support renaissance.

In our efforts to assist SMBs an SMEs in the COVID-19 period, CTARe is providing reduced rates for 24/7 coverage of IT support. Check it out here.


Drink water

Just like any experience on earth, what is there to really enjoy when your favourite beverage is not around?

Water for me on most days is crucial as the weather is hot and humid here. On some nights like my favorite Fries-day, it is great to kick back with fries, AND whiskey.

What about you?

Taking breaks

Not just water breaks, but everyone in CTARe gets their regular breaks in between work, and play.

These breaks will help rejuvenate your minds and body, so that you can pounce on the work with refreshed eyes.

And that is important to enhance your WFH experience.

In the meantime, stay in to stay safe! 🙂

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