Smart Homes: Boost Productivity while You Work from Home

In Singapore, working from home is the default arrangement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the practice catching on and no modifications made to the work from home requirement – as of yet – employees are made to rethink their work environment. By taking advantage of existing technologies and smart home solutions, HomeAuto believes that remote employees can create a conducive home workspace to boost productivity.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the dynamics of the workforce has shifted dramatically to cater to possible economic implications – the solution, a massive transition to a widespread Work from Home (WFH) setup. However, remote work has been stated to pose several challenges for some employees. From distractions to longer working hours, Singaporeans are still learning to adapt to the New Normal. How has this impacted overall productivity among employees?

In a survey conducted by an employee engagement platform in Singapore, about a quarter of its respondents said they were more productive while working from home. However, in the Workplace Resilience Survey released by the National University Health System Mind Science Centre, 61% and 51% of employees working from home reported feeling stressed out during and after work hours, respectively. Coined as the productivity mirage, the increase in productivity stems from longer working hours – this increases the risk of burnout, mental stress, social isolation, and loneliness. How can smart home technology and HomeAuto help boost productivity and reduce stress? We cover them in this blog.

1. Turn to Home Automation

It is said that time is money – with various smart home solutions, you will be able to save time on mundane tasks such as turning on your lights. With a simple Universal Hub acting as the connector of your smart home devices, gain centralised control with your smartphone! Using our app, you can schedule routines and automate devices in your smart home to carry out specific tasks. Need to turn your playlist off before your meeting at 3 pm? Not a problem! Schedule your smart devices like lights, air conditioners, curtains, and electrical plugs to turn on and off at specific times of the day. Highly compatible with other HomeAuto products, smart home automation becomes customisable, giving you control over your house from anywhere and at any moment.

2. Turn Off & Rest Up

When working in a home setting, the line between work and life is dramatically blurred. People end up working longer hours, sleeping less, feeling exhausted, and in turn, working longer hours to make up for the productivity collapse – it is an endless cycle. To mitigate the risk of burn out syndrome, it is vital that employees “turn off” and get sufficient rest. This is where the HomeAuto wake up lamp and sleep tracker come in.

Finding it hard to get out of bed? It might be due to a lack of sleep. As its name suggests, the HomeAuto sleep tracker tracks your sleep. From the quality to the duration, your sleep cycle will be analysed to create daily, weekly, and monthly sleep reports. To further aid with your circadian cycle, the HomeAuto wake up lamp emits white light to facilitate a natural wake up routine. Say goodbye to the harsh buzzing alarm clocks that cause sleep inertia and wake up feeling more alert and refreshed!

Establishing a work-life balance, maintaining productivity, and preventing burnout while working from home is not as simple as it seems. With the range of responsibilities, tasks, and distractions, optimal organisation, time management, and increased convenience should be at the forefront of our WFH strategy. At HomeAuto, we believe that our range of smart home automation solutions will make things easier for you.

Have queries on how we can help you build a smart home in Singapore? Contact us at enquiry@homeauto.com.sg and our specialists will offer you guidance on the best smart home solutions.

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