Updated: Feb 5
Over the past year, many Canadian workers have found themselves doing their jobs remotely. Before COVID-19, most companies had less than 20 per cent of their workforce working from home, however a newer report sent out earlier this year by the Conference Board of Canada suggests that now two-thirds of Canadian businesses have at least 60 per cent of their workforce working remotely.
"It seems remote work is here to stay, or at least the majority of us want it to be," said Heather Haslam, vice-president of marketing at ADP Canada, a human resources company.
RVing was once viewed as a retirement lifestyle, however a combination of the recent pandemic and modern technology has started to change this view. Now, more and more working professionals are trading in the traditional lifestyles of urban living for an RV.
“Living the dream.” That’s how many describe RV life.
If you are thinking about taking your life (and job) on the road, here are five simple tips to help you maximize your fun and productivity while working remotely from your RV.
1. Set Up A Dedicated Workspace
Whether at home or in an RV, it is important to select a designated spot for work. Consider a space that will allow you to lay out your computer, smart phone, and papers in one place while remaining somewhat separate from other living areas.
DO NOT work from bed. Working from bed won't only lower your productivity levels, but it can also lead to physical issues related to extended periods of poor posture.
We also highly recommend setting up shop close to a window. A naturally lit workspace will help you to be more productive.
Did you know that increased natural light during the day, can help you sleep better at night?
2. Wi-Fi Is Wonderful, Until It Isn't
The Internet is what makes all this working remotely from an RV stuff possible!
Some RV resorts & parks will have terrific Wi-Fi & internet connectivity, while others (especially ones located further away from urban centers) can be known to have spotty reception, which may cause your devices to lag while trying to complete tasks that require more bandwidth.
Consider investing in an external wireless adapter. These devices plug into your laptop via USB and contain powerful antennas with much better reach than the one found within your device. This will allow you to keep stronger, more reliable connections.
Remember to shut down any background apps that you aren’t using. Many of the handy apps you’ve got installed on your device can end up being a major contributor to your slow and laggy connection.
A good rule of thumb is to always have a decent phone plan with roaming/hot-spot capabilities, just in case.