5 Tips to Work From Home With Children

A question often asked of parents whose jobs allow them to work from home is, “Do you really need childcare?” While schools are an option for children past a certain age, parents with younger kids come to a crossroads of either finding childcare to allow for a more office-like environment or entertaining the kids themselves.

Create your own space

If creating a physical barrier simply isn’t a possibility (e.g. your kids are too young, you’re the only adult home, etc.), you may instead consider setting up both you and your children in the same room, but perhaps in different corners: one for your work and one for theirs. Many schools are providing , and turning half your office into a pseudo-classroom can help everyone stay on- online instruction and assignments task whenever possible.

Make use of noise-cancellation — both for you and your team

One handy feature of video conferencing tools like Zoom is a push-to-talk (PTT) option when muting your microphone. Utilizing features like this can further help to reduce background noise and reduce the number of times you have to mute/unmute yourself while on a call.

Overcommunicate with your colleagues

To further increase collaboration, consider implementing an online project management tool like Wrike to create a single source of truth for your teams. By keeping all information in one spot and centralizing communication, you can ensure everyone stays well-informed on projects’ and deliverables’ statuses.

Create a schedule with timed tasks

Past individual tasks and daily schedules, creating a shared calendar with project deadlines and milestones can help keep everyone aligned with what needs to be finished by when.

Be (and stay) flexible

Any tools you use to collaborate with your colleagues should be able to handle rapid changes. Dynamically changing due dates on deliverables (and accurately extrapolating that to dependencies) should be something your tools can easily accomplish, helping to simplify your processes when change occurs rather than complicating it.

Wrike can help

Wrike’s own remote workforce has been from our home offices all over the world, and we’ve also launched sharing tips and tricks a weekly webinar to talk about this new remote working reality. Additionally, we’re offering a free 6-month trial of Wrike Professional to all new customers to help support the change to what is likely the new future of work.

Originally published at https://www.wrike.com.

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