- Many South Africans will still need to work from home for the foreseeable future amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Supplementary devices like tablets can help you to optimise your home office and be more productive.
- From setting it up as a second screen to using it to simplify your desk, there are multiple ways to make the most of your tablet while working from home.
- We looked at features of Huawei’s MatePad T8, which recently launched in South Africa, to see how you can step up your home office.
When the first lockdown was announced, working from home was considered to be a temporary arrangement to fight the novel coronavirus, while we waited for the world to go back to ‘normal’. Today, many South Africans are still working from home months on and will be for the foreseeable future, which begs the question: Are we optimising our home office spaces?
From a quiet place to work, a comfortable working chair and finding the best spot for the strongest Wi-Fi connection, many things can determine whether your workstation at home is a dream or a disaster. The most important factor, however, is having trustworthy digital devices that help you be as productive as possible in your new working space.
One device that is quite underrated in the home office is the beloved tablet. We looked at 5 ways you can make the most of your tablet while working from home.
1. Simplify your workspace by utilising your tablet’s accessories
When your dining room table is your desk, your partner’s desk, your child’s classroom as well as the place where you hopefully find the time to eat, clutter is the last thing you need. Simplify your workstation by having less devices and accessories likes notebooks, pens and calendars lying around. By using your tablet’s notepad features and investing in a digital pen like the Huawei MatePen, you can easily swop your gadgets and gizmos for one device to keep your workspace neat and tidy.
2. Use your tablet for video calls
One thing that ample Zoom-meetings have taught us this year is that background scenery can make or break your professional look during video-calls. Whether it’s that funny baby picture on the wall or your dog barking in the yard, your favourite working spot might not always be the most presentable place in your house and it can even distract colleagues during important meetings.
For this reason, a tablet can be a great solution to setting up an alternative spot specifically for video-calls. With its state-of-that-art viewing experience that features ultra-slim 4.9 mm side bezels and an 80% screen-to-body ratio, the Huawei MatePad T8 gives you ample on-screen room for immersive video calls.
3. Set up your tablet as a second screen
One of the best ways to utilise your tablet is by using it as a second screen to your PC or laptop. Many people were used to having two screens in their offices but have been left with only one when they moved home for lockdown. By connecting your tablet to your primary device, you can easily double up on screens. Some tablets like the MatePad T8 also has its own split screen functionality which can allow you to use it as a standalone double screen to optimise your workstation.
4. Use your tablet to stretch your legs and change scenery
While lockdown has blurred the lines between work and home, you might be asking yourself whether you are working at home or sleeping at work? In April this year, a survey by Blue Jeans found that remote workers are tacking on an additional 3 hours per day while working from home. Without the structure of driving to the office and logging off after a normal eight-to-five day, it’s more important than ever for you to schedule breaks for yourself.
Make use of the flexibility of a tablet to stretch your legs, sit in the garden or just take a tea break somewhere other than your desk. Weighing just 310 grams, the MatePad T8 is so lightweight that you can easily carry it around with just one hand while you take a breather and change scenery.
5. Keep the kids close and controlled during working hours
Having your kids around 24/7 might have been all fun and games at the start of lockdown, but who would have thought four-months down the line parents across SA would still be running day-care and home school while juggling their own work deadlines? To make life a little bit easier for parents who are working from home with their kids, tablets can be a fun yet educational playground. By setting up a tablet with fun games in the same room as your home office, you can keep an eye on your kids while getting a few of your own work things done.
Just be weary of screen time. Fortunately, some tablets like the Matepad T8 for example is equipped with an enhanced Eye Comfort Mode which helps to protect your kids’ eyes from blue light. And when they are viewing the tablet while lying down, they will also receive an alert to adjust their angle to further protect their eyesight.
This post was sponsored by Huawei and produced by BrandStudio24.