Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, more people are now working from home, and a quiet work environment is often necessary, if not critical. It can be a challenge to have meetings while the kid next door is screaming his head off.
Since many companies are choosing to continue the remote working style even after the pandemic is resolved, here are some things you can do to improve the situation:
Find the best place to work in your home.
Find a place where you can concentrate and work in peace. You may have to negotiate with your family members and trade spaces but it is worth it. The best spaces are often away from the street side of the house, perhaps an inner room.
Set up the office for maximum quiet.
It is amazing how many sounds can be picked up by a microphone. You may have to hunt for a really quiet fan or switch to air conditioning. It also helps to have the tools to block or minimize noise such as soundproof curtains and door sweepers.
Invest in good equipment.
Many microphones now come with noise reduction or cancellation features. The best ones can be pricey but if it does the job, I’d take it!
Perhaps the most important of all is the cooperation and help of the household members. Having everyone actively minimizing noise around your workspace is absolutely key (speaking from experience here!) If they understand and treat your workspace as a quiet zone, focusing and getting work done is a lot easier.