By Cheryl Griffith – Business Continuity Consultant
Physical distancing has introduced parents to a whole new set of challenges. How do I take care of my children and still do my job? How can we set clear boundaries between work time and family time?
While we realize every family has unique circumstances, here are 3 tips to help you keep your sanity.
1. Communicate, collaborate, and coordinate.
If both parents are trying to work from home, remember that you are on the same team together. Try to set up a schedule that suits everyone. Make a plan but leave room to be flexible.
2. Include your kids.
Ask your children to “help” in ways that make sense for their ages. You might help them make a “Time to Work” sign for you, then explain that when you hang it on the door, that means you need to concentrate. Help them make special artwork for your workspace, especially if you will be in video meetings. Your kids are more likely to respect boundaries between work time and family time if they feel invested in both.
3. Set realistic expectations.
“Productivity” looks different right now than it did three months ago. Most of the people you work with are likely dealing with issues very similar to yours. Be a living example of the things you hope to receive from others. Give grace to your coworkers, to your children, and to yourself.