With more people working remotely than ever before, households have been searching for ways to create the best possible working-from-home environment for their families. Especially in busy households containing two or more generations, as different cross-generation working styles, habits, and varied timetables can easily clash.
Unfortunately, there are no hard and fast universal rules that you can apply to everyone. Each household should find their strategies and create their schedule and rules to best suit their routines.
Working from home has been incredibly challenging for many people. In particular, the younger generation has generally struggled to stay focussed, being the only age bracket to have more distractions when working remotely. However, having the option to work from home can be beneficial to some people.
While some employees get distracted easily, research has shown that people on the autistic spectrum are far less likely to get distracted, and as a result, produce significantly more work than their peers. Allowing people to choose to work at home could allow a broader range of employees to work in an environment where they are more happy, comfortable, and focused. If this applies to your child, creating a good home working environment may help them succeed in their career.
So, what changes can you make to the home or your lifestyle to best accommodate the young people spending more time there? Below are three ways you can help to create the best possible working environment conducive to productivity and general wellbeing.
If possible, and the space in your home allows, dedicate a room or area as their workspace. Even if this means setting up and packing away an office set up each day, it is vital to separate their work and home life to aid productivity.
Mainly when parents themselves are also working from home, it can quickly become very hectic when working on top of each other. To create the best working environment, look to invest in an ergonomic office chair and suitable desk. This will help maintain a good posture while sitting at the desk, which can mitigate health risks associated with being sedentary for extended periods.
Mainly when your children are first introduced to home working or are even starting a new job entirely from home, it can be tempting to regularly check in with them throughout the day to see how they’re coping. However, particularly if they have lots of virtual meetings, constant interruptions can not only make it difficult to concentrate, but it can also create tension and lead to arguments. It’s also essential to give them their independence as adults.
You don’t have to devise an elaborate code to signify when they don’t want to be disturbed to overcome this issue. Simply by maintaining good communication, making it clear before going into an important meeting sets clear expectations and boundaries for when they, and you, don’t want to be disturbed.
If you’re a stay-at-home parent, you may find that you need to adapt your usual schedule to create the best conditions possible for your children to work effectively at home. You could be doing many activities around the house daily that can act as a distraction to anyone trying to work, so try to be considerate and balance both of your needs.
For example, tailor cleaning schedules around their working rota, or create a shared family calendar to highlight times of the day or week where noise should be minimized. Particularly when it comes to noisy tasks, like vacuuming, your household will be far more productive and harmonious by simply putting off the jobs to a more convenient time of day.