Last updated on April 15th, 2020
As a measure to halt the spread of COVID-19, lockdowns have been implemented in many parts of the world, movement is barred and people are forced to stay at home. From the existing scenario, it’s very evident that the corona outbreak has not only impacted the global economy and financial markets but has also led to a drastic change in the way people used to live and work.
While business owners are now having a hard time in running their operations and generating revenue, working from home for employees have become a mandate. Whether you are used to working from home already or completely new to the concept, you need to adjust yourself to newer ways of working.
And for couples who are working from home and have kids, it becomes even tougher to balance their work with personal life when there is more work pressure than ever.
So, to Help Them Adapt To Such Unusual Working Conditions And Manage Kids At The Same Time, We Have Curated A List Of 5 Essential Tips
01. Create A Consistent Schedule
Once considered a luxury, work from home is now a need of the hour in times of corona outbreak. But for parents who are working remotely are losing their minds trying to switch roles. So, if you too are a working parent, emphasize on creating a daily schedule for your kids as that of normal school day.
Wake them up early, dress them up, and serve breakfast. Fix their lunch hours, nap time, and play time. Try to get your major chunk of work done when they are busy playing or sleeping.
02. Set Some Boundaries For Your Kids
When working remotely, it is crucial to set some boundaries for kids, especially for those who are school-aged. If required, allow them to watch TV and play games just a bit more than usual. This way they will be occupied. But you also need to make them aware of the fact that this will not go on forever.
For enhanced focus, you should also tell your kids when you are in ‘do not disturb’ mode. Set your expectations and make them understand the importance of your work. You can look for ways in which your kids can have fun and help you in accomplishing certain tasks.
For example, try to engage them in a creative project encouraging them to make a ‘Go’ and ‘Stop’ sign that you can use when you want to indicate when they should not be disturbing you and when they can bother you.
03. Assign A Designated Workspace
Working from home does offer some benefits but amid the corona pandemic, it comes with its own set of challenges. Now that you have been asked to stay at home and work, it is important to have a set up that replicates your usual workstation.
Bedroom, guest room, study room, or simply a quiet corner, look for a place where you can work for hours uninterrupted. If possible, mark the door or the area with a sign, indicating that you are in a ‘Do Not Disturb’ zone.
04. Unplug And Reset- Have Short Breaks
As an impact of the new Corona virus, both the employers and employees are trying to cope up with the financial stress. Businesses are on stake. And that’s building work pressure on the workforce.
But with kids around, working uninterrupted at a stretch is simply not possible. Sometimes you tend to overextend yourself to prove that you are working too much.
So including two or three breaks during your working hours refreshes your mind. Or you can quickly grab a snack, keep a check on your little ones and spend some time with them.
Communicate to your manager about your break time and be ready to offer support if someone else in the team needs it.
05. Alternate And Work- Rotate Shifts With Your Partner
In case of couples working as full-timers remotely, managing kids becomes a real task. To make it easier, you can try switching shifts with your partner.
If that is not an option, you then need to have some extra planning and an extremely strict schedule in place.
With the corona outbreak upending lives of millions across the globe, working conditions were bound to change. But like every problem has a solution, there are ways to manage family and work simultaneously without compromising on the productivity.
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If you too are a working parent and juggling with multiple roles, integrate these 5 strategies in your everyday work routine and you will be amazed with the results.
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