This story was first published on March 28, 2021, and updated on August 19, 2021.
From August 19, more Covid-19 measures will be eased in Singapore and companies will be able to bring more of their staff members back into the office. In fact, up to 50 per cent of employees who are able to work remotely will be allowed back to the office.
Working from the office has largely been the default for most companies since May this year so this marks a turning point in Singapore’s fight against Covid-19.
The news was met with mixed reactions as some people were excited to be going back to work and meeting up with their colleagues once again but just as many were anxious about the return after having gotten used to the extra time and independence working from home.
No matter how you feel, here are some tips to help you ease back into working from the office.
1. Prepare yourself for hybrid working arrangements
Though companies can now bring in more of their employees, many of us have gotten comfortable and used to working from home which is why most of us will likely have to face hybrid working arrangements that involve some days in the office and some at home.
If that is you, the first thing you’ll want to do is to invest in a good laptop that you can use both at home and at work especially if your company does not provide you with one already.
Of course, this can prove difficult simply because there are just so many laptops out there in the market.
As you do your research, you’ll want to make sure that you look for laptops with longer battery lives, the latest Central Processing Unit (CPU) technology, a good Wi-Fi standard and a good design to enhance your productivity.
One easy way to do that is to simply look for laptops that come with an Intel EvoTM certification. Laptops with this certification ensure that all your needs will be met and that your laptop is durable enough to handle the rigours of working in a hybrid way without stressing you out more with tons of technology problems.
Some laptops with this certification include the Acer Swift 5, Asus Zenbook Flip S UX371, Dell XPS 13 or XPS 13 2-in-1, HP Spectre x360 13, Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon and the MSI Prestige 14 Evo