2020 will surely be one to remember. From the Australian bushfire crisis to Harry and Meghan stepping back from their royal duties. From the Trump impeachment drama to the growing escalation between Iran and the US.
It was also in early 2020 when many of us first heard of the word ‘Coronavirus’. COVID-19 more commonly referred to as coronavirus (the virus that causes it) which, is a new illness that can affect the lungs and airways.
Although some of the earlier cases date back to December 2019, it wasn’t until early 2020 we realised just how bad it was. After it put parts of China in lockdown it moved on to various parts of Europe, America and Africa.
The government and public health organisation have advised against public gathering to prevent the spread of the virus. As a result, various events around the world have been cancelled, most noticeably the English premier league matches, Coachella, Glastonbury, etc.
The Effects on Businesses
Due to the advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and various government agencies, businesses are now faced with layoffs and closures unless they adapt to the changing circumstances.
With the priority now being to curb the spread of the virus by avoiding large gatherings, businesses are now forced to seriously consider flexible and home working in an effort to ensure continuity.
While it’s not possible for jobs in certain industries, for those that can, working from home has been proven to boost productivity and has the added benefit of protecting your workers in these trying times.
However, the challenge for most home workers is managing noise.
While getting away from the water cooler chatter of the office might sound like a good idea, working from home presents its own set of noise challenges.
That being said, there are steps you can take to control the levels of nice around you. Below, we’ll delve into some cost-effective ways you can cut out background noise.
5 Tips for Controlling Noise at Home
- Selecting a quiet area: This should go without saying but we’re going to say it anyway. The place you choose to work should be as quiet as possible, preferable in a room where you can close the door or a basement if you have one. You don’t want to be distracted by your children playing or even noise from the neighbours.
- Work flexibly: You should be working according to a schedule. If you know that your child wakes up at a certain time or your neighbours play loud music in the evenings, you should try to schedule your work around it. You can use these periods for other non-tasking tasks.
- Block out the noise: There are times when you may be distracted by the sounds of dogs barking or cars zooming past or children playing outside. You can invest in a decent pair of noise cancelling headphones to address this. As well as cancelling noise, you’ve got the option of listening to music or some soothing sounds.
- Co-working spaces: These have become hugely popular over the last couple of years. Companies like WeWork, Regus and Spaces have taken over cities in countries around the world providing Entrepreneurs and Freelancers with a space to work with like-minded people. Many of these spaces provide private working rooms where you can isolate yourself.
- Soundproofing: You should seriously consider soundproofing if it’s something you can afford. Installing sound absorbing panels eliminates noise from both inside and outside the house. These panels control the room acoustics so you can even have video calls without the fear of being interrupted.
To sum up:
It can become immensely tricky and cause a lot of stress when your surroundings are too noisy and disruptive especially when working from home. To that end, we hope you find the above suggestions relating to controlling noise levels while working from home helpful during this immensely challenging period.