Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are working from home than ever before. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that one-third of the workforce is now remote, with 98% of those polled stating they would prefer to work from home long-term. But while the numbers may imply remote work is a piece of cake, this shift comes with numerous challenges.

One of the most substantial hurdles to overcome is creating a productive workspace, home office, or classroom. While some were equipped with a home office before the pandemic, countless others have had to scramble to make a space that will maximize productivity. As if that wasn’t difficult enough, schools throughout the country remain closed, adding an extra layer of responsibility – and distraction – for remote workers. Let’s face it – it can be downright impossible to get your children (or pets!) to quiet down when in the middle of an online meeting or video conference.

Top Struggles of Remote Work.

Before we go over some smart hacks for soundproofing your space and tips to improve your home office, let’s look at the top struggles remote workers are facing now according to the World Economic (WE) Forum:

  • Finding a balance between work and personal life

  • Loneliness and isolation

  • Distractions at home

  • Co-working with people in different time zones

  • Reduced cohesiveness

  • Taking time off

  • Internet connection

Soundproofing Hacks.

Distractions create a domino effect for remote workers, completely altering the day’s trajectory and creating unnecessary headaches. To avoid veering off course because of a barking dog or other noisy distraction, consider these soundproofing hacks:

  • Create a schedule and ask everyone in your household to respect the hours you need to spend working.

  • Before getting to work, sit in your workspace and be still for a few moments.

  • Play soft, relaxing music in the background (this can help tune out larger distractions outside the space!)

  • Try noise-canceling headphones.

  • Set up a dedicated workspace.

When people hear ‘home office’ or ‘designated workspace,’ they immediately think desk and chair. Truth be told, there are no rules for creating a space that will help you work and stay connected. Try setting your computer up outside where you can enjoy the sights and scents of nature, or simply make space at the end of your dining room table for your next video call. Everyone works differently, and it’s important to find a solution that meets your needs.

Having a quiet space to tune in and focus on the task at hand is critical as we navigate the new normal of working and learning from home. We hope the tips above provide some guidance to help you make the most out of your home office. To learn more about Vai’s video conferencing capabilities or VoIP phone offerings, contact us today.