Working From Home and Virtual Meetings
Mar 18, 2020
WORK FROM HOME
Perhaps you've heard? Lots of people are working from home these days – many for the first time. While nobody minds sleeping in and skipping the morning commute, there are definitely some adjustments. For one, collaboration can be tricky, considering you can't just get up and walk over to a co-worker's desk.
On the other hand, nobody can steal your parking space.
So that's a win.
Without further ado, here are a few essentials for making your home office feel like, well, an office.
First things first: coffee. Your 9-to-5 mug should be different from your Sunday morning mug. We like this one because of the push-on lid, all the better to prevent spills on your laptop.
We've got some news: You're your own office manager now. And that means new responsibilities, including office supplies. This desktop kit's a great place to start, with paper clips, sticky notes and sticky flags. Best of all? It doubles as a wireless charging pad.
One of the perks of working at home is you don't have to worry about distracting anyone, so find your favorite Spotify playlist and turn up the music as loud as you want. We recommend this compact Bluetooth® speaker for lots of reasons – not the least of which is it doubles as a wireless power bank. Talk about multi-tasking!
If you're used to using a mouse at the office, your laptop's built-in mousepad can feel kind of awkward. This sleek mouse works wirelessly, meaning one less cord to get in your way.
Sure, you could theoretically work in your pajamas all day. But you're a professional! And if you're doing lots of video-conferencing throughout the day, you need to be presentable. The stylish, comfy Amos is made with 34% recycled polyester, so it's more than a good look – it's good for the planet, too.
Around the world, people are avoiding large gatherings. While some tradeshows and training workshops are being cancelled or postponed, many are going "virtual" through videoconferencing and other technologies.
As more events go online, organizers and exhibitors are looking for new ways to create strong connections with attendees. Just because they're at home experiencing presentations through a laptop, it's still important for participants to feel engaged and excited.
We all know that promo products are incredibly effective for creating brand connections. The ever-popular "swag bag" is conference must. Everyone remembers the cool gifts they've received at events and continue using in their daily lives.
So when an event goes virtual, the gift bag becomes more important than ever. When you're not meeting in person, the need to connect is even more critical. That's why shipping conference registrants a special gift package before the event date is so essential.
Here are some of our top picks to include in your virtual-event swag bags.
By their very nature, events that go virtual, have a technology component. Products like charging cables, wireless charging pads and power banks aren't just practical – they fit the tech theme. Plus, even better, they're lightweight and inexpensive to ship.
Reusable sports bottles and insulated tumblers are proven winners. If you want to make sure that your conference stays top of mind and generates serious brand impressions, daily-use drinkware is hard to top. Remember, you want to people to register next year, too.
These staples of in-person events make a ton of sense for online events, too. They provide the perfect container for printed content and smaller promo products. They also deliver a ton of brand impressions and are right on trend as a reusable alternative to plastic bags.
For conference apparel, include a half-zip like the Dege. In addition to being right on-trend, it has a subtle texture that recipients will love. Plus, the Dege is made with more than 40% recycled polyester, so if you're emphasizing the environmental benefits of a virtual conference, eco-friendly apparel is a no-brainer.
In addition to being useful for listening to training seminars and lectures, headphones can be used long after the event is over. They're also easy to ship and available in price points to fit any budget.
Journals are a great option for a virtual conference experience. Their SmartPicx book solution allows you to include full-color, digital images with unique watermark icons that can be scanned by any smartphone for instant access to specific web pages you've chosen to link. And of course, you can't use a journal without a pen, so we'll Insert one at no charge.