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Remote Employees with Kids? Tips to Help Them Cope

In the March 2020 London Business School webinar, several participants said that family distracted them while working from home. As lockdown began due to the coronavirus, remote employees with kids and aged loved ones started facing it more frequently. The resultant low productivity and creativity affected organizational performance too. How do businesses help staff get past this impediment? In this article at MIT Sloan Management Review, Lynda Gratton shares tips to help remote employees with kids.

Ease Remote Employees with Kids

People transition from home to work mode by commuting while sipping morning coffee, reading newspapers, etc. Remote employees with kids also have ‘rite of passage’ ways. They move to a different room and separate work hours from personal time-offs. As psychologists have mentioned before, ‘boundaries matter’. The shifts are necessary to balance your ‘temporal, cognitive, and relational’ skills. Here are some solutions for remote employees with kids:

Short-Term Fixes

  • Acknowledge that the problem is real and exists. For people that live alone, you must insist that they have morning coffee breaks. Allow remote employees with kids to work at their convenient hours if they cannot deliver during regular office timings.
  • Ask your team to provide slots that they can work productively. That should help others to coordinate without feeling stressed about availability issues.
  • Create forums where people can share their anxieties and find solutions from their peers. Let the communities have different agendas like childcare.

Long-Term Solutions

  • Since all are used to remote team meetings now, ensure the habit sticks. Instead of commuting for stakeholder discussions, all meetings should happen online.
  • People are not following the typical 8-hour workweek routine nowadays. Be more flexible when your remote employees with kids want to work after hours once done with household chores.
  • Many miss the daily chitchats with their co-passengers and colleagues. Brainstorm new ideas about how you want to leverage the in-person team bonding culture.
  • While remote employees with kids usually are working mothers. Thanks to the quarantine and lockdown, fathers too want to enjoy the closeness. Be ready to have requests for extended paternal leaves and flexible working hours from dads now.

To view the original article in full, visit the following link: https://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/how-to-help-employees-work-from-home-with-kids/

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