Soundproofing Tips for Working From Home
How to Cut Background Noise as a Remote Worker
The customer expects to be calling a company. In corporate environments, there is no background noise.
Select a Quiet Area.
Select a quiet area. Put your home office in as quiet of a location as possible, in a place where you can close the door.
Block Out the Noise.
When the dog two doors down just won’t stop barking, consider taking measures other than fighting with an inconsiderate owner. Invest in a really good pair of noise-canceling headphones for such times or even to wear often if they help with concentration.
Some telecommuters use music to cover up sounds. If that proves too distracting, try a white noise machine. These play soothing, neutral sounds, such as falling raindrops or waves moving on a seashore.
Speaking of conversations, ever worry that the sounds around your house will bother people on the other end?
Start by doing what you can, such as closing windows or running the dishwasher at a different time.
Then, master the mute function on your phone. As Jordan Tarver, credit analyst at FitSmallBusiness, explains: “If you’re not talking, toggle on the mute button to help reduce the chance for background noise. When it’s your time to speak, you can unmute your microphone. However, once you’re done, don’t forget to mute it again.”
Go Somewhere Else.
When all else fails, remember that remote work doesn’t necessarily need to be done at your house. Grab a laptop, and use flexible arrangements to your advantage.
“On occasions, when there has been a construction next door—or in the case of when my neighbor fostered five dogs at once—I simply moved my workspace out of home temporarily,” says Rebecca Throop, head of marketing at Torchlight. “Libraries, coffee shops, and even town hall communal spaces are ideal.”
Set Ground Rules with the People in your Space.
If you need to work in a communal space with others, it’s a good idea to try and set some ground rules with those around you. The last thing you need is someone appearing in the back of your video call, or housemates talking loudly in the background when you’re on the phone. This is probably the easiest and fastest improvement you can make when controlling noise at home.
Talk to your Family about your Home Office Needs
They can’t help if they don’t know
what you need
A large number of people are working from home for the first time and have discovered that their home can be full of distractions. Many are bombarded with the cacophony of TV, family members, pets, sirens, and so on — it’s way too easy to get distracted and lose your motivation.
Reducing Background Noise
To maintain your productivity, you can use technology to block out unwanted noises. Krisp is a tool I have used for several months that helps reduce background noise. A version of the program is available for Windows, Macintosh, and iOS. I have it installed on my Windows laptop and my iOS mobile phone.The app uses machine learning to identify and then silence various types of background noises you may hear at home. The program allows your voice and the voices of others to come through clearly.
The machine learning algorithm the company created is trained to recognize the voice of a person talking into a microphone. When you think about it, pretty much everything else is just noise. The model takes out “the noise” from the audio waveform, leaving what you hear clean, even if there’s a police siren outside where you’re making the call. So, if the other caller is on a noisy street and you’re safe at the office, you can apply the smart noise reduction to them as well.
Because it changes the audio signal before it gets to any apps or services, it’s compatible with pretty much everything: Zoom, Skype, Messenger, Slack, or other platforms. A mobile dialer version for iOS devices is also available. A Chrome extension allows you to use Krisp with browser-based tools.
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