Working from home can be an exciting prospect, however as our houses aren’t designed to be workplaces, it can also create a few challenges – especially if you’re working alongside other household members.
There are points on how to work from home successfully, including:
- Build a permanent workspace.
- Invest in quality technology.
- Get comfortable office furniture.
- Set real work hours.
- Avoid work creep.
- Discover your high productivity periods.
- Make to-do lists.
- Use a planner.
These are all great tips, however, most articles of advising miss one critical thing – noise. Noise has a direct impact on our productivity and our efficiency at work. For example, you may be sharing the home office space with your partner – the room that had one desk in it now has two. You both need to have telephone calls, and video conferences; yet the distraction of being able to hear your partner’s conversations while you’re concentrating makes it very hard to work efficiently. What do you do?
Reduce noise in your office
- If space permits move your desks so they are next to each other instead of facing each other.
- If you are facing a wall, look at adding absorptive material to the wall – for example, an acoustic panel, curtain or a soft wall hanging. This addition will absorb your voice instead of reflecting it back to you or across the room to your workmate.
- If you can not separate your desks look at alternatives such as Avenue Interior Systems ECO Desk. While the divider doesn’t stop the noise completely, it will make it more manageable and a more comfortable place to work.
- If you have a tiled floor, consider adding a rug to reduce reverberation.
- Add cushions to couches that may be in the room.
It takes more than a high-speed internet connection and video conferencing facilities to work from home effectively. You DO need proper equipment, a plan, and to avoid work creep. You also need an appropriate office set up for noise control.
Start putting these noise control tips into practice to improve your productivity.