What is your childcare arrangement and how happy are you with it?
When I started telecommuting, some colleagues who didn’t have kids were a bit resentful of my situation at first. But over the years they realized that I was still able to pull my weight and then some, they came around. They sometimes work from home too. I think it’s important for bosses to create flexible arrangements for all their employees – you may not have kids but you could be caring for an ailing parent or have other commitments that might call for you to spend time away from the office. In this day and age, it’s possible to do my job from Mars – as long as my BlackBerry connection is working.
Please share with us the top three things/strategies that’s you’ve used to successfully get through your busy days at work and at home:
- Humor is the top strategy: If you’re overwhelmed at work and at home you’ve got to take a moment and laugh at the lunacy of your life.
- Having a great home team: your spouse, great babysitting, parents or anyone else who can come through for you in a pinch.
- Presenting a plan to your boss. As a working mother, you may want to have it all, but you can’t necessarily do it all. Know your limitations and present a plan to your boss on how you can still get the job done without missing a beat. Your hours may have to be reduced or altered (there’s no such thing as a 9-5 work schedule anymore) but at the end of the day, if you’re still reaching your goals at work then you will be happier and your boss will be too.