January 16, 2017 17:04
Published: June 17, 2016 17:03
Ah yes. The end of the road (see what I did there?).
It’s been an interesting journey, but all journeys must eventually end. Today, we’ll be talking about the last item in our series for your telecommuters, and it’s probably the most important thing your company could set up for them. It will keep them connected, which in turn keeps them working for you.
Make sure that they’re set up with a mobile wifi hotspot.
Sounds simple, but there’s a few different ways to go about it. Let’s talk about some of them here.
Let’s face it. Sometimes, having to depend on the wifi network while out in the field sucks. No matter where you are, you have to make sure that you’re allowed onto the network, you usually have get the password from someone who’s only real goal is to make it through their shift without resorting to homicide.
It can be challenging. And worse, you get hamstringed into working out of the same five joints in the same ten-block radius every time. A portable wifi hotspot might be your answer. By using a company cell phone to connect to the internet through the data networks of major cell service providers, may road warriors are breaking the common chains that shackle them to places that might not be conducive to their best work.
If you’re on Verizon, you can take advantage of their Jetpack service that lets you connect up to 15 different wifi-enabled devices to it, allowing you to not only use 3G but 4G as well and only runs about $200.
Other options include the Unite Pro on the AT&T network, and even T-Mobile has jumped into the fray with its 4G LTE Hotspot Z915.
All of the tools discussed this week are meant to improve the working lives of the road warriors you employ. And though a good amount of encouragement and a great bag to carry all this stuff around in are also a must, these items will put any telecommuting employee on the fast track to higher productivity and an easier work-life balance.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. There are a few things that change depending on the individual, like collapsible keyboards, larger power backups, fancy portable monitors, and the like, but we didn’t include them. The items listed here are the essentials, and should always be considered.
So there you have it, guys! Let us know in the comments if there’s anything we’ve missed here, or if there’s something you’ve always wanted to have included in that kit. If you’re a road warrior yourself, let us know what your setup looks like.