Managing Your Business From Home While Managing Your Remote Learners
As COVID-19 sent much of America’s workforce home, people had to adjust to a new normal – setting up an at-home office, learning how to navigate Zoom, learning new ways to stay connected to the team and finding the motivation to change out of their pajamas.
Those with school-aged children were faced with a whole new set of challenges – setting up a learning space, monitoring behavior, making lunches and helping with schoolwork – all while also managing their own workload.
If you’re working from home with a remote learner, follow these five best practices for managing your business while also helping your child learn from home.
Be Upfront With Your Team
When you’re upfront with your team about your situation, they’ll be more understanding when an issue arises. They may be more flexible when it comes to scheduling meetings and making deadlines and could even allow you to work different hours to better suit your child’s needs. They can also offer the encouragement you need to get through particularly trying days.
Make A Schedule That Works
Learn the class schedule to know when your child will have breaks and when each subject will be covered. Talk to your child and their teachers to learn the times of day or the specific topics your child struggles with, then plan to be more attentive or available during those lessons.
Schedule breaks when your child has breaks so you can spend time with them, review the day or see if they need help with anything. You may also want to consider scheduling a few breaks just for you. Make sure you block those times out on your calendar or at least give your team some advance notice.
Once you make a schedule that works for you and your child, sit down with them each week and go through that schedule. Talk about times you’ll be available and times you’ll need privacy (like during big meetings). Talk to them about why a meeting is important or why they can’t distract you at that time. This can be a great opportunity to learn more about manners, respect and responsibilities. You can also discuss what you can do during your breaks and ask how you can help them during the school week.
Of course, even with a schedule, things may come up that throw the best plans out the window. Visual cues can be helpful for those moments. For example, putting a red sign on your door or red solo cup on your desk will alert the child that you’re busy and cannot be disturbed. A green sign on the door or green solo cup will indicate that you are available to help them.
Help Minimize Distractions
One of the most important roles in managing your remote learner is making sure they stay on track and engaged. To do this without standing over their shoulders the entire day, do your best to minimize distractions. Create a dedicated learning space, keep cell phones out of reach and equip your learners with a good pair of headphones. If your child is restless, provide them with a fidget toy to keep their hands busy. And, if you haven’t done it already, set up parental controls on the computer.
If You Have Support, Leverage It
The saying is true: It takes a village. If you’re part of a two-parent household in which both of you are working from home, the first thing to do is see how you can split the responsibilities, whether that’s switching on and off days during the week or taking on different shifts throughout the day. For example, if you’re busier in the afternoon, take the morning shift or switch days each week.
If you’re a single parent or your family needs additional help, seek assistance from friends and family members. Even if someone can watch your child for 1 day out of the week, that can help tremendously. Remember, too, that help doesn’t just have to come by working one-on-one with your student. Your loved ones can assist in other ways, like offering tech support, making meals, tutoring after hours, offering financial assistance or providing emotional support.
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