Stay Productive While Working From Home

Work From Home as a Trend

As technology advances and businesses' outreach widens, working from a home office has become a global trend for a while. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to work from home has grown tremendously.

According to a poll conducted by Gallup, the number of employees in the U.S. working from home has risen from up to 62% after the health crisis, whereas the Eurofound has found that up to 36.8% of people in the EU has begun working from home. After the pandemic, the amount of remote workers in Japan has doubled to 27.9% in April, compared with 13.2% in March, according to a survey by Persol Research and Consulting.

Working from home certainly provides some benefits: flexible schedule, not having to commute, and more time with family.

Common Requirements

In order to work effectively from home, it's important to have the proper tools. Some hardware requirements may include a computer, monitor, printer, additional data storage, and headset. A modem or a router is also important to provide the necessary network connection.

Lastly, it's common to see that home offices are set up in a dedicated or quiet space, so that you can stay focused while working and have video conferences without interruptions.

How to Achieve Productivity?

However, these tools that help achieve productivity can only work well if you stay connected. Power blackout could lead to disastrous outcomes. Imagine you have been working on a document from the beginning of the day, or you need to send a quotation within 10 minutes. Suddenly, the power goes out in your home office, and you might lose the file you were working on, or spend lots of time to deal with the power accident. To avoid data loss, equipment damage, and ensure efficient workflow, it is essential to come up with a power protection plan.

Build a Power Protection Plan

Main Power Problems

Before implementing the power protection plan, it is crucial to understand the common power issues, which can disrupt normal operation at a home office. Unfortunately, most people don't notice it until an accident happens.

1. Power Fluctuation

A power fluctuation is an oscillation of voltage value, which can happen when an equipment requiring higher load is heavily in use. Power fluctuation causes light or computer screen to flicker, or failure to start up electronic devices. Moreover, it might even lead to serious damage of sensitive electronic devices.

2. Power Outage

A power outage is a complete loss of utility power supply, regardless of its duration. It can result in equipment damage, service interruption, and data loss. Some causes for a power outage include faults or aging of electrical grids, transmission lines, building circuits or other sections of distribution system.

3. Power Spike

A power spike is a sudden increase in voltage with a very short duration. The spike only lasts a few milliseconds, but it has the potential to cause great damage to sensitive equipment. Some common causes are lightning, power failures, circuit shortages or power utility malfunctions.

How to Get Protected?

In order to prevent unwanted power problems from affecting work-from-home productivity, it is recommended to plan a suitable power protection solution.

A surge protector provides protection against surges, or high voltage electrical spikes which can cause damage on the components of your electrical systems. Even though sometimes your equipment may seem to work normally, over time the increased strain can result of severe failure of expensive components. It's important to note that the surge protector is not designed to keep your equipment operational during a blackout.

An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) provides protection against surges as well, but also includes a built-in battery which allows you to perform safe shutdown and save important data in the event of a blackout. The UPS can also temporarily offer power to modem or router, so that internet connection can be extended until utility power is restored. Some UPS models have built-in Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR) function to regulate low voltages and over voltages when incoming utility power has fluctuations, thus providing consistent and reliable power to connected devices.

A properly designed power protection plan should incorporate a two layered approach to applying surge protection working in conjunction with a UPS.

Ideally, the surge protector should be installed on the utility side of your UPS. By doing this, not only can you extend the lifespan of the surge protection components in your UPS, but also provide surge protection for your loads when the UPS is offline for maintenance.

Power and Protect Your Devices with UPS Systems and Surge Protectors When Power Problems Occur
Our Product Features

As you can see from the overall statistics presented at the beginning of this article, the need to work from home is increasing. Staying powered and connected becomes a crucial factor to keep business operational. CyberPower's power solution offers a comprehensive product line of UPS systems and surge protectors to safeguard your equipment against downtime, damage and data loss caused by power problems, ensuring your peace of mind when working from home.

UPS System Key Features
  • Energy Saving
  • Automatic Voltage Regulation
  • Pure Sine Wave
  • Color LCD
  • Management Software
Surge Protector Key Features
  • Fire-resistant Capability
  • Surge and Spike Protection
  • Overload Protection
  • USB Charging Port
  • LED Status Indicator
* Features may vary by product

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