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As a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, employees have been displaced from their traditional office locations to work remotely in an effort to practice social distancing. For some, this is a new way of working. For others, it’s an adjustment working from home alongside partners, children, and housemates.
In the following weeks, Pontoon Solutions will publish a blog series written by remote colleagues sharing their experiences and tips for navigating this new world of work.
The global COVID-19 pandemic and the important efforts to flatten the curve have dramatically changed family life for so many. My family’s new reality is distinctly similar to so many other families. While I already worked from home prior to this event, my husband’s office recently shut down and has sent everyone home to work remotely. My children’s schools have been closed indefinitely and class lessons have been moved to online learning platforms.
This past weekend, I found myself with the rest of parental Twitter diligently trying to prepare for this by creating colorful schedules to follow for our first day of homeschooling and bookmarking free online resources to keep the kids focused and engaged. What I quickly learned on Monday morning was that I had grossly underestimated what homeschooling would entail. Gone were the colorful blocks in our schedule for legos, playdoh, and art. We were suddenly looking at a full day of a quadrilaterals math lesson, geometry test, social studies passages, science experiments, reading comprehension, speech therapy, cursive, mindset journaling, coding, and class discussions via Google hangouts – all in a day’s work for my nine year old. My five year old’s lessons are much looser, which has meant balancing his boredom with our daughter’s packed schedule. This left my husband and I with less time to solely dedicate to our full time job responsibilities.
Bridging Comforts of Yesterday with Today’s Adventure
I am fortunate in the sense that I have been a remote worker now for nearly two years and had some idea of what this new normal would be for the four of us but it still flipped our world upside down. As a member of our global marketing team, working from home is business as usual for us. We are well accustomed to video meetings, MS Teams collaboration and multi-time zone coordination. We socialize daily and have built an amazing team culture within our digital office space. While my role leading and running our events has been brought to a standstill, I find comfort and consistency in my teammates and already having the digital tools in place to quickly pivot and provide value in other areas while we navigate through the current global environment.
Suddenly having my family at home with me though has been a major adjustment and disruption to my daily work life. I am thankful to work for such a flexible organization that really puts our employees’ health and well-being before anything. I feel completely supported while we iron out the kinks of this new reality and am encouraged to step away and focus on the kids as needed.
It’s All a Balancing Act: Tips I’ve Picked Up
So, in the short time period since this adjustment, here is what’s working for us as we balance this new work/family routine:
How is your family adjusting to this new work/life experience? Do you have any tips and tricks to share as you create a new balance between working and school at home? Comment on social to share your experience!