If you work in the knowledge industry, you’re one of countless employees who recently joined a remote workforce whether you wanted to or not. And if you’re like 40% of the working population, you’re doing so with kids under the age of 18 at home.
Performing high-focus tasks and meeting with colleagues to keep a business running does not pair well with preschool, middle school, or even high school student activities. And yet, hundreds of thousands of parents across the country must suddenly juggle childcare, full-time work, and their own mental health. As part of the leadership team, your burden is even greater – you’re being asked to manage your own work situation even as you support the employees on your team, and you may not have the resources you need to do so.
While no one resource can solve the dilemma of your team not having enough childcare, several notable publications have released suggestions that can make life under lockdown more livable. Here are the best three articles on the topic today, with a few more suggestions for further reading:
“Tips for working from home with kids during the coronavirus pandemic” by Vox
If working from home with kids is starting to feel unsustainable for you or your team, you’re not alone. The writers at Vox created this list of “Tips for working from home with kids during the coronavirus pandemic” with you in mind. From mindset suggestions like lowering your expectations to avoid stress, to practical suggestions like coordinating social outlets for older children, this list can help you and your direct reports gather your courage for another day in lockdown.
Keep Reading: “How to Adjust to Working Remotely With Kids” by The Balance Careers
“Working from Home with Kids? How to Manage the Impossible” by SHRM
The human resources experts at the Society for Human Resources Management share five very realistic tips in their article “Working from Home with Kids? How to Manage the Impossible.” They address the unique challenge facing parents who both work full-time, suggesting the benefits of divvying up childcare and working in bursts according to the task. They also point out how important it is for you and your team to focus not just on your home relationships, but your work relationships: communicating when you work remotely is a whole new skill you’ll need to learn.
Keep Reading: “How to accommodate workers with kids during COVID-19” by Randstand
“How to stay creative and keep your family sane during lockdown” by World Economic Forum
Working from home with kids isn’t all about the work. It’s also about helping employees’ families navigate an incredibly stressful time and come out of it the same – or stronger. “How to stay creative and keep your family sane during lockdown” from the World Economic Forum taps the expertise of British art and textiles teacher Andria Zafirakou for practical tips in transitioning kids of all ages to homeschooling when a parent works full-time. These seven tips – plus encouragement for specific parent fears – will help you and your team create a plan to weather COVID-19 creatively.
Keep Reading: “7 Tips for Working From Home With Kids When Coronavirus Has Shut Everything Down” by The Muse
Covering Your Bases During COVID-19
As businesses and individual contributors adjust to life under COVID-19, everyone’s learning new lessons about work, raising children, and having compassion for others experiencing stress. We hope these resources make it easier to find balance in your own unique situation and meet the – often similar – needs of the children, co-workers, and employees in your life.
SyncHR can help you make the transition to remote work easier for you and your employees, so you can come out of COVID-19 stronger. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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