This story originally appeared on FlexJobs.
One of the advantages of working in an office is that, generally, your co-workers are adults. They may pop their head in to talk shop or chat about the weekend, but they usually understand that when you’re on the phone and typing, holding up your hand is the universal signal for “kind of busy, can’t talk right now.”
When working at home (whether by choice or due to the pandemic), your co-workers may include kids, and, as a rule, kids are not as well-versed at the art of understanding that “now” is not a good time.
They’ll stand and whine, raise their hand, jump around, or even do something like this.
A closed and locked door is no match for a persistent child, either. They’ll slide a note under the door or take it up a notch and text or email you. And when that doesn’t work, they may resort to banging on the door or barging right in!
If you had this persistent (dare we say, inconsiderate!) of a co-worker in your office, you could enlist human resources for assistance. However, when you work at home and your co-workers are your kids, you’re the boss, HR, and everyone else.
No matter why you’re working at home, how can you cope with interrupting kids?