Depending on your employer, you may need a VPN connection to access secure corporate systems and data. However, many work applications like Outlook, MS Teams and web browsing do not require the VPN connection. Your speed and performance may improve when the VPN is not connected, so try to use it only when necessary. For example, group together tasks that require the VPN connection, and then turn it off when those tasks are complete to maximize the internet speed for other users.
Finally, limit your uploading and downloading of large files during the work/school day, and schedule cloud-based backups to happen overnight to free up daytime bandwidth.
It may take some planning and practice, but by following these guidelines, you can optimize your internet speed and make it possible for everyone in your household to keep your lives running online.