How to Work from Home if you have Kids
Working from home can be a massive transition for anyone, but if you are trying to work from home with kids, this challenge can become even more difficult. Balancing work life and home life can become a minefield when the two aren’t separated by location.
So, with help from our team of consultants who are living the reality of working from home with children, we have pulled together a heap of resources, ideas and advice to ensure that you stay productive, whilst your children still get the stimulus and support they need.
Speak to Your Employer
There is no point running yourself ragged trying to supervise your children whilst also doing your work when you know deep down inside neither your family nor your work are getting the attention they deserve.
Pick up the phone and have a chat with your boss. It may well be that the company already has a working from home policy laid out and you can have a read before deciding how to tackle the situation. On the other hand, we are in an extraordinary circumstances right now and a strict working from home policy can be made more flexible to compensate.
Talk to your employer about working slightly different hours allowing you to spend a couple of hours in the morning with the children until your partner can take over or making up extra hours after they have gone to bed.
Make sure your desk is set up in a suitable area
We have written a whole section on how to ensure your desk space at home is ergonomically set-up, so you don’t strain yourself. However, you also need to remember that your desk space should be in a place where you can also supervise your children appropriately depending on their age. If you have younger children that cannot be left on their own, this is a must.
Set a routine
A routine is a great way to ensure that you allocate enough time to parenting as you do to getting your work done, however these routines do need to be a bit flexible especially with younger children. It is also a great idea to get your children involved in making and agreeing the routine. Make a little timetable and put it on the wall, it is a great way to motivate them as well, especially if homework is followed by something fun like half an hour in the garden on the trampoline.
If you are in a household with two parents working from home, make sure you speak to each other. Let each other know when you have video conferences or calls and how large your workload is going to be – this means that you can share the parenting time in a way that works for both of you.
Take regular breaks
During your schedule, make sure you take regular breaks. This is a no brainer. Breaks when you are in the office are just as important as they are now.
When you are taking a break make sure to spend time with your family and really enjoy that time. Recharge your batteries to go back to your work with a fresh perspective.
We are forming a library of tried and tested templates and ideas for activities your family can do at home, they can all be found here.
We hope you find them useful and if you have any more ideas, please connect with us on LinkedIn and share them.
In this unprecedented and confusing time, it is really important to focus on the positives. Find a work/life balance that works for you and be kind to yourself. If something doesn’t go as planned or you break household rules that were in place before all this happened, don’t beat yourself up about it.
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