How to discourage surprise visitors?
March 24, 2014 2:09 PM Subscribe
My husband and I both work from home and need to come up with ways to discourage people from dropping by with no warning during the day.
posted by _Mona_ to Human Relations (48 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Our friends and family constantly drop by without calling first to see if the timing is convenient -- which, during standard working hours almost never is. We've tried making announcements on Facebook: "As much as we love visitors, please be sure to call first if you want to drop by during the week anytime before 5:00!" We've tried opening the door and telling visitors it just isn't a good time but people either linger for 10 minutes in the doorway anyway or give us crap for not being available. We've tried not answering the door at all, which is very awkward since both our vehicles are parked right in the driveway (we don't have a garage). We've tried letting people in and saying upfront that we only have X minutes to chat but they stick around anyway and don't even get the message when we both actively start typing away on our computers.
On the surface, simply not answering the door seems like the easiest answer. Trouble is, our office is right at the front of the house and its windows face the front door. Unless the blinds are drawn, callers know we're here because they can see us at our desks literally five feet when they knock on the door.
Option one is to move our office into the guest room but it would be terribly cramped and, frankly, I'd resent rearranging our homes to accommodate (read: hide from) visitors. Option two is to keep the blinds drawn at all times but we'd like to let in some natural light rather than work in a cave all day.
What options are we not thinking of here? We've really got to get this under control because it's creating a lot of tension for us during the workday since we're constantly worried someone will show up unannounced.