What do Roald Dahl, David Cameron and George Bernard Shaw have in common? They’ve all used their garden sheds for writing and working from home.
In 2014, 4.2 million people worked from home, a figure set to rise to more than half the UK workforce by 2020, according to research from Oddsmonkey. This is eminently possible now, as ways of working become more flexible and internet connections are powerful enough to support modern workplace tools, such as group messaging, video chat and cloud storage.
Working from home has clear benefits both for the employees and employers. It offers a clear delineation between home and work, cuts commuting time and cost to zero, lessening the impact on the environment as well as your wallet. And there’s the chance to have lunch in the garden.
Connected devices make the transition even easier. With the help of of smart plugs, smart bulbs and speech-controlled devices, you’ll be able to integrate some nifty additions to make the garden a home from home. For example, TP-Link’s Kasa app allows users to add Alexa skills and control all of the brand’s smart bulbs and plugs with voice commands. This means you can simply tell Alexa to turn on the lights before you show up at your desk to make things cozy in winter, adjust the color of your bulbs so that your lighting switches to aid concentration, or start your coffee machine brewing before you return to the kitchen.
According to Powwownow’s 2017 Flexible Working Survey, three quarters (76%) of people agreed that flexible working helps them have a healthy work-life balance. All this aids productivity as 58% of people believe working from home makes them become more motivated.
Powerful Wi-Fi can turn the dream of garden working into a reality. With range extending products boosting wireless signal from the existing router, the connection reaches even remote garden offices. To make it even more effective, powerline adapters such as TP-Link’s TL-WPA8630P Kit boosts wireless signals through electrical wires in the house. This works particularly well for garden offices, as well as in period properties, basements and loft extensions, beaming signal through thick exterior walls to garden offices.
Top of the range is a mesh Wi-Fi network of home, such as TP-Link’s Deco range. This creates a seamless wireless network covering up to 4,500 sq feet. The Deco range also incorporates anti-virus protection for all devices connected to the network as well as parental control. The features are especially useful as more connected products such as Alexa are added.
Now, thanks to reliable internet connection with powerful and wide-range Wi-Fi, working from the great outdoors is possible in a way that it never has been before.
*Contributed by Will Liu, UK Country Manager of TP-Link