Covid-19 has turned the world into a remote work economy. In the US, 42% of the workforce is working from home. But Covid-19 was also a trigger for an existing trend – between 2015 to 2017, there was a 159% increase in remote work. Therefore, the need for comfortable home offices is growing, as many workers still lack the facilities to work effectively from home.
Some of the infrastructure challenges employees encounter when working from home include:
- Lack of Office Space: employees working from shared rooms, bedrooms, or living rooms
- Insufficient Access: to electricity or the internet
- Messy Surroundings: power cables can be tripped over and become extremely messy in a home-office situation
- Multiple Devices: screens, laptops, headphones, and more which all need to work simultaneously
Given the new WFH norms and the problems they create, there needs to be an easier way to set up a home office space and work from home, and wireless power might be just what people need. A wireless, cable-free office that doesn’t tie the devices down to a particular space based on physical connectivity allows people to move their working station around the house more freely which allows a high level of flexibility having that devices powered wirelessly are no longer anchored to power sockets around the house.
There are six main reasons why a wirelessly powered home-office comes as an efficient solution in times like these:
Reduction in Required Office Space
Cisco was able to reduce floor space per person by 30% when testing the cost-effectiveness of operating a wireless office. This means that wireless offices require less space than physical ones. Applying this practice to home offices will improve the crowded home environment and enable setting up temporary work stations at different home locations.
Enhanced Mobility and Improved Access
Eliminating the dependency of employees on physical sockets for power and internet provides access to infrastructure anywhere in the house. Only one socket is needed to power the surface itself. Once the devices are charged, users can move around freely according to their needs and the needs of the rest of the house inhabitants, reducing friction and increasing productivity.
A Safer Environment
Cables, cords, and electric devices that are all around the house are a hazard. They can be tripped over by grownups or scrambling children, chewed by pets or they could get wet and cause electrocution. A wireless office cleans the area up, turning it into a nicer and more secure environment.
Clutter is known to trigger stress. Removing cables and cords creates a more visually appealing space, which is mess-free. Such a space is more calming and pleasant, which many consumers will seek during stressful times.
Ease of Adding Devices
Adding more devices is easy when they are not all connected to a single electric socket. Wireless power mats can charge multiple devices and give consumers the ability to have all of their devices charged and ready for work when they need them.
Device usage has become more flexible, and so has charging them! Instead of docking, connecting to a cable, or scrambling for a socket in the middle of a Zoom call, just place the device down and start charging.
Home Office Wireless Device Types
Today’s devices for the home office include display screens, laptops, phones, speakers, headphones, earbuds, a mouse, keyboards, and more.
And, smart-home devices can make working from home easier and more convenient for remote workers. As many companies are transitioning and claim they will maintain some sort of remote work model even after Covid -19, demand for smart home-office solutions and the wireless power revolution that comes with it is expected to grow.
Contact us to learn more about Powermat’s wireless power platforms for home-office devices.