On the afternoon of Friday, 20 March, schools across the UK were ordered to close ‘until further notice’ to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic across Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
At the same time, organizations that have avoided being shuttered under the directive of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have moved their operations online or instructed their employees to work from home for the duration of the stay-at-home order.
While the intention behind these efforts is to flatten the curve, they create another major issue for working parents across the UK: How do you work remotely – and effectively, at that – when your home has also become a school and nursery? Below are several tips that I’ve implemented in my own household to help our family navigate these uncharted waters.
Keep the lines of communication open
If your home has suddenly become your new workplace and your children’s school or nursery, then your communication skills will be in greater demand than ever before: both with your boss and your family members.
Have an honest conversation with your boss as soon as possible to understand their expectations and discuss your availability whilst working from home. Depending on the needs and ages of your children, you may need to adjust your working hours to reflect something that’s realistic. For example, you may find it more productive to work early in the morning before your household is awake and then return to work later in the day. Once you’ve both agreed on an arrangement, share your availability with your coworkers, reschedule meetings if necessary, and block off time on your diary when you plan to be offline. Read more here…
Source: The Undercover Recruiter