Working from home with other people: how to increase collaboration with smart working

While many of us have probably worked from home in recent years, facilitated by the spread of flexible work and the growth of technologies, not so many have probably worked with this smart working mode. Even fewer are those who have worked from home at the same time as family members or roommates. Whether you are adapting to this new working model, or you are an expert smart worker, the situation poses a series of challenges. To help you adapt, we’ve put together some tips for working from home … when you’re not alone.

Plan the day to increase collaboration in smart working

With collective smart working, it is useful to plan the day and give priority to the activities to be completed. Working from home allows you to be flexible on a working day. Buffer surveyed the status of remote work in 2019 and found that flexible hours are the most beneficial element for remote work, with 40% of respondents stating that this was the biggest benefit for theirs. 

If you work with others at home, it is much easier to get distracted by a multitude of things. Plan your day and make sure you respect it, and it will be easier to keep productivity levels high.

Plan your children’s day

If you have children and expect them to be with you while working from home, you may be concerned about the various challenges this entails. Don’t be afraid to express your concerns to your employer; many others are in the same situation and it is possible that they already have a policy on how to handle the situation which could lead to flexible hours or other solutions. Although it may take a couple of days for you or your children to get into their new routine, you must do one for them from the start. Organize games, learning time, an hour of lunch and any other form of entertainment to keep them busy and stimulated while you work. 

Separate when necessary

Having company when working from home can be fantastic, but excessive contact, especially if you live closely, can be stressful and overwhelming. Although many people live in small apartments, it is important to find some time alone when you need it. Try moving to another room for as long as you need, and be sure to exchange this with who you live with so that you can be as comfortable as possible.

Take regular breaks and talk

It is important to take regular breaks when working from home. When you are in the office, you regularly take breaks to talk to colleagues, attend meetings, among other things. Make sure you do this when you are at home because it’s easy to stick to your screen all day. 

Talk to your relatives or roommates about things other than work, to maintain the balance of your working life. According to Buffer’s survey, one in five workers has difficulty turning off and maintaining the boundaries between work and private life. It is important to unplug at the end of the day because the activities you do when you are tired will never be the best job – and could lead to burnout after a prolonged period of over-fatigue.

Use headphones

In today’s climate, many companies will make the best use of video technology to host meetings and catch up between teams. You must be engaged in these meetings so that you can take full advantage of them. Using headphones can mean that you can be completely immersed in your meeting, even if the people you live with also have video meetings throughout the day. 

Be conscientious 

In addition to our previous suggestion, online dating may also take place at the same time as your roommates or family members who also work from home. Make sure that the people you live with at the beginning of the day are aware of your scheduled meetings so that they know they have to stay out of the room or in silence during that time. It is important to be flexible with your meeting needs and to be conscientious towards other family members. Not only will this maintain harmony among all of you, but it will mean that both of you can make the most of your workday.

Keep the house tidy

It is clear that the environment in which you find yourself affects your mood and those around you. Make sure to keep a house clean and small, especially if your living space is smaller. Doing so will keep everyone’s mood at home and reduce the risk of getting bogged down in housework or being distracted because you need to do it. Do your household chores in the morning or as soon as you get off work, to feel more productive in both personal and professional life.