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Part 2 WFH – the change of our lifetime

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It’s now official. More of us, than ever before, are working from home. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and regular lockdowns, our working life has changed dramatical­ly. In fact, research from Roy Morgan shows more than 4.3 million people

(32 per cent of working Australian­s) were WFH once the coronaviru­s shut down large parts of the Australian economy.

A study by the Boston Consulting Group also found that up to 60 per cent of Australian workers want to work remotely for two or three days a week moving forward.

And now we are working where we live, we’re also adopting new technology. Smart homes and hi-tech home office are on the rise.

Statista research says that 24.9 per cent of Australian households feature some sort of smart home technology – and it’s expected to increase to 41.9 per cent by 2023. That means some 2.3 million Australian homes are linked up to home automation and app-controlled tech devices. So what’s the first step, if you’re thinking of getting smart?

“Smart home technology starts with the internet,” says Marcus Cook, director of Mobile

 ??  ?? Geeks. “If that is solid, the rest is up to the customer and the individual budget. A popular set up includes a video doorbell (allowing you to answer your door even when you’re away), smart lights, smart switches, airconditi­oning and heating systems.”
“Creativity is the only limit from here,” he adds. “Your TV, speakers, audio systems, gates, sprinklers and even fireplace can be controlled via an app on your phone.”
Even if you don’t go as far as that, simply sprinkling in a little smart tech can make working at home considerab­ly more appealing.
“It’s great for those working from home,” agrees HPM lifestyle expert, Jason Neophytou, “allowing you to perform simple actions from your device such as adjusting the temperatur­e or even just turning on a light or the kettle during a work call or mid budget planning.”
Geeks. “If that is solid, the rest is up to the customer and the individual budget. A popular set up includes a video doorbell (allowing you to answer your door even when you’re away), smart lights, smart switches, airconditi­oning and heating systems.” “Creativity is the only limit from here,” he adds. “Your TV, speakers, audio systems, gates, sprinklers and even fireplace can be controlled via an app on your phone.” Even if you don’t go as far as that, simply sprinkling in a little smart tech can make working at home considerab­ly more appealing. “It’s great for those working from home,” agrees HPM lifestyle expert, Jason Neophytou, “allowing you to perform simple actions from your device such as adjusting the temperatur­e or even just turning on a light or the kettle during a work call or mid budget planning.”

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