Remote Working Parents – Finding A Path To Successfully Balance Remote Work and Parenting
Can you play with the kids and successfully work remotely?
This is an interesting and controversial question and I suspect if you asked parents of young children all over the world the initial reaction would be, no. However, as time goes on and the crisis persists parents working remotely are literally getting the job done. The first response is no because how they work looks and feels different but it doesn’t equate to less productivity or engagement.
Although challenging for remote working parents to find uninterrupted time to focus, it’s not impossible. Proper planning and a mindset shift can assist in adapting a new work style. In my experience giving young children just fifteen to twenty minutes of undivided attention could buy you more uninterrupted time. This could be playing a game, doing a puzzle, or helping a young student with school work. Choosing activities to do together ahead of time sets you up for success.
Getting outside to play is a bonus, the kids use up more energy. It always buys me the most time afterward and I feel most creative after fresh air. It’s important to note to be fully present in these moments. The children’s needs are met and parents feel fulfilled as well. Plan these short bursts of time with the kids before meetings or calls or even before the start of the workday.
Achieving Work-Life Balance
If both parents are working from home, schedule and swap “office hours” for focused time. The on duty parent although working as well can tend to the kids. If possible, set an hour of time to do fun family activities after work hours so there is something to look forward to and maintain balance.
Key measures of success for newly remote staff and teams is also proper equipment and training from employers. Particularly for those transitioning to working remote. Having the proper setup and process enables the remote employee to work more efficiently. Another contributing factor is flexibility in schedules to accommodate staff. Many companies are implementing policies that encourage work life balance. Some include no meeting Fridays and moving toward goal oriented or project based work. This allows employees the freedom to complete their work on their time.
Ultimately, having a plan and a flexible schedule as a remote worker will bring the most success. Having the ability to pivot seamlessly for both staff and employers is crucial during the health crisis and a redeeming quality long term.
Nicole Carpenter, is a sales and marketing expert turned health coach whose programs teach parents to create systems and routines to live life with less overwhelm. She can often be found trampolining in the backyard with her three sons to keep up with their energy. To learn more visit www.nicole-carpenter.com.