Working from Home - Ideas and Best Practices

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Who is currently working from home or expects to be shortly?

  1. Working from home

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  2. Expect to shortly

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  3. Can't work from home due to job requirements

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  4. Not working from home but probably could

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  5. Got laid off

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  6. I didn't have a job to begin with

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  1. NP13

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    Wait, TMB isn't self care?
     
  2. Willpépé

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    Full time WFH here. If you have an iPad or tablet almost all of them have every business app you can think of. Examples, I have Teams, BlueJeans, Webex, Zoom, Cisco, GoTo Meeting, GChat and some more apps on my iPad. I take all calls on my iPad which keeps your PC and phone free. Really helps me get more shit done on pointless calls.

    Also I'm with you Name P. Redacted fuck the camera people. Easy excuse now, bandwidth in the house is shit.
     
  3. jplaYa

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    :roll:
     
  4. BamaNug

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    This is a great idea, going to utilize it.

    Day 3 working from home under quarantine, prolly did it a few times/month before all this. Going to try and get more efficient and do it 1-2x/week if all goes well. Have an old dog that I can take for walks and I make better coffee than work.

    I also finally obtained a mouse for my laptop which makes things much smoother.

    Question - my work laptop has like a docking station, so when I show up to work I just plug it in and it streams to two monitors. Is it possible to buy a docking station + one more monitor, so that when I bring my laptop home I can plug it in and have 2 screens going?
     
  5. Willpépé

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    Absolutely. Pretty easy to do.
     
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  6. NYGator

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  7. BamaNug

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    What kind of pricetag? Couple hundred?
     
  8. Willpépé

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    Really depends on the make/model. I'm not a PC guy so I could not even ball park for you. I think mine was $150 or so for a Surface but I did not pay for it.
     
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  9. Willpépé

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    Also, like I said I am not a PC guy so if someone else wants to chime in and correct me that would be great.

    Make sure you have the correct cables to be able to hook up to your monitors.
     
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  10. Name P. Redacted

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    Yes you can just buy another dock. They’re usually several hundred dollars. Why not just take the dock and monitors from work?
     
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  11. BamaNug

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    I won't be able to WFH full time, so 2 setups would be preferable.
     
  12. Name P. Redacted

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    you're looking at ~$500 minimum for a dock with two monitors then.
     
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  13. BamaNug

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    Could I possibly do a dock + 1 monitor, but also have my laptop as another monitor? I've seen some people at work do this.
     
  14. dallasdawg

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    here’s what i just got for my home office

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B075M1XHCK?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title

    from there, it just depends on what cords you may already have/need, and what monitor you want

    after that, it depends on what you want to spend. you can go crazy with it with mounts, etc
     
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  15. Name P. Redacted

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    Yes you could do that too.
    My work just abandoned all Thunderbolt docks because they were dogshit. That is likely more a problem with the specific model of dock we had (Lenovo something), and not with Thunderbolt as a whole. They gave us USB-C monitors instead that daisy chain and connect to the USB-C port on my laptop.
     
  16. THF

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    Another buddy was asking about Monitors so I did some research last night. Looks like this is one of the most popular ones out there.

    https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E168242...=vg278qr&cm_re=vg278qr-_-24-236-994-_-Product

    You can get it in the 24in version for about $180 each.

    I have a dell so I ordered a Dell Docking station off Amazon for about $150. Not sure which docking station you need.

    Depending on what you have, you might be able to get away with this instead of a full docking station depending on your laptop:

    If you need cables, Monoprice is the best place I have gone to get them. Lifetime warranty so if they ever stop working, just chat them and save the receipt in your email. I usually order all my apple iphone cables from them as well.

    Make sure your ad blocker is turned off.
     
  17. Name P. Redacted

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    That is WAY overkill for a simple work monitor. I'd recommend a 24"-27" 1440p resolution monitor.
     
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  18. TYdeFan05

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    I bought a BenQ 4K monitor for photo editing (personal use) and excel spreadsheet engineering in the daytime. When i share my screen all the plebes using their laptop screen can’t see shit, captain.

    On that note. Most of my days are now spent watching people with PhDs in either chemistry or engineering who share PowerPoint presentations on Teams. Every time with the ribbon and notes sections blown up on top and bottom, a sidebar with all their files that were recovered without saving, another bar with the slide previews, then a postage stamp sized table with all the data they are trying to share. How do you go to school until you’re 30 and not posses the ability to continue your growth independently?

    Cabin fever is making me insane...I need to chill.
     
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  19. NYGator

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    AOC is a really solid cheaper brand for monitors. I have two curved 32” 144hz AOCs. They are priced very aggressively and very dependable, and they are named after one of our favorite politicians.
     
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  20. jkun

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    I've got a 34" 4k curved Samsung monitor with built in thunderbolt charging but the only reason is because I didn't have to pay for it.

    My team had to put together a WFH guide (even though we had no clue what we were doing) for our entire company
     
  21. Pasta88

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    I feel like the majority of young people are struggling because they don’t have a proper office set-up. This is me - no spare office room, no office chair, no extra monitor, etc.

    But then for the older people, while they may have a spare room office, they have kids running around that they also maybe have to teach.
     
  22. Simon Templar

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    I’ve worked from home while not traveling for the last decade plus now. My wife is new to it but fortunately we have separate work spaces in the home. My office is upstairs over the garage, she has a work space off the kitchen and our son holds down the basement. We all pretty much have our own floor which is making this much easier but the mean mugs I get when making lunch is about to send me to Jupiter.
     
  23. Bruce Bowen

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    The lack of proper setup is a killer. I was visiting my parents last month and got a 27" monitor while I was home to work off of. On one of my days off I had to fight with my Mom to get her to use my monitor, wireless mouse/keyboard. I then watched her open a window, minimize it, then open a spreadsheet to input data from first window. I showed her how to put the two windows side by side on the monitor. By the end of the day she talked to her president and had approval to purchase a full home setup. People really don't know the benefits till they use it then you can't go back.
     
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  24. Bruce Bowen

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  25. NYGator

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    I own two Aussies so I got a chuckle out of this...

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  26. NYGator

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    Idea for some of you guys...

    Today I started an all-hands event on my calendar for my 60 employees connected to a google hangout meeting for the next 30 days 24/7. I entitled it "The Water Cooler." Here is what I wrote in the invite...

    Feeling isolated?

    Craving interaction?

    Well, we all understand so we are setting up this daily hangout chat for everyone to connect and chat with anyone in the company throughout the day. This is a virtual water cooler, and it's intent is to provide a source of connection throughout the day. Anyone is entitled to join at any time. Feel free to collaborate, chat, or just keep your camera on while you work. Interact when you feel like it. I encourage everyone to participate from time to time when you aren't heads down or in a meeting, even if it means you turn it on for an hour or so here and there. Enjoy, and have fun getting to know each other!
     
    #126 NYGator, Mar 31, 2020 at 7:38 PM
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2020 at 7:50 PM
  27. Thoros of Beer

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    Introverts out here thriving, this is my super bowl
     
  28. Bruce Bowen

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  29. Simon Templar

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    I’ve been preparing for this moment for a decade
     
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  30. NP13

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    Literally nothing has changed in my life, other than the ability to go places that I never go to anyways.

    Well, other than high anxiety.
     
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  31. THF

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    I will let you guys in on a secret that has helped me immensely.

    A good pair of Bluetooth headphones which connect to your phone and work computer are a life saver.

    They are great for the non stop phone calls or Zoom Meetings, and usually Spotify will auto pause when a call or meeting comes in.
     
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  32. AHebrewToo

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    Just don't forget to charge them.

    Nothing worse than the "battery low" warning 10 minutes into a 90 minute call.
     
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  33. THF

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    Yep. I got a pair that lasts about six hours I love. When I am on a ton of calls I try and recharge them at lunch. Otherwise I am normally good.
     
  34. Name P. Redacted

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    Yep screen sharing when you are on 4K is very rough. Thankfully my company is trying to get everyone on 1440p so it’s a happy medium.
     
  35. Name P. Redacted

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    One of my coworkers checked in to make sure I’m doing OK since I don’t attend the morning meetings (I’m two time zones behind, no thanks). Like fam I’ve been doing this for two years now I’m good.
     
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  36. Name P. Redacted

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    AirPods worked great for this but more people have been using Teams phone calls lately and fucking up my flow.
     
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  37. Thoros of Beer

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    My favorite is the extroverted boss who suddenly requires daily zoom meetings which is twice as much contact as we had when we were in the office

    These last about five minutes because we have nothing to talk about
     
  38. AHebrewToo

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    I've worked from home for the last 8 years. People assume that this is no different than my normal work day.

    It is. And I think my dog's change in habits exemplifies that.

    In normal times, I walk my daughter to the school bus around the time my wife drives our soon to preschool. Our dog, an 8 year old pup, usually grabs one stuffed animal from each kid's bed and takes it to the front door where he naps with their familiar scents nearby until they arrive home at 3:30. Sometimes he musters the energy to come see what I'm making for lunch and hope I "drop" something for him, but usually he just rests at the front door all day.

    I've always felt bad and thought he was depressed. But this new coronormal has revealed I was wrong.

    Now, each morning when I re-fill my coffee and head to my home office for the day, he is right on my heels. We make our way to the office where he curls up beside me and naps.

    My dog isn't depressed. He's just an old dog that likes his sleep and having a 10 and 5 year old around all day gets in the way of that.
     
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  39. NYGator

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    saw this zoom fail this morning...



    I was actually on this call today...