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Working From Home With Kids – Survival Tips.

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In the course of our working week we speak to many clients who are adjusting to working at home with kids around.  What has become apparent is that most of them set the bar way too high.  I can assure you from having spoke to so many homeworkers that you need to be realistic in how you organise your time and your parenting.

It’s All About Survival

Now is the time to embrace what work-from-home parents discovered long ago– it’s not about winning the gold; it’s about aiming for the bronze. This is a perfect moment to finally recognise just how much you’ve been coached to perform parenting. To occupy those little minds with creative and imaginative games.  To turn out Nigella-style brownies and then to head into  Highgate Woods and make daisy chains or whatever it is you’ve been doing out there. YOU are NOT the ‘Domestic Goddess.’  You are just a parent working from home with kids.  It’s time to be basic.

Set a Realistic Schedule

The other day a Hold Everything client who has been homeschooling her kids for a more than a year explained it all to us. So now we can explain it all to you.

Depending on your kid’s age, the support their school is able to deliver, and what your kid can reasonably put up with or do on their own, make a basic, manageable schedule you all can follow (because it’s not only their schedule now, it’s yours, too). Bottom line: You are not an authentic school. Nobody expects you to be a real school. You are just a mum working from home with kids. The very best you can aim for is your kid having something a bit educational or enjoyable to do on the days you work. My homeschool “days” were more like a few hours. I repeat: This is not real school. You can’t replicate a real school. Stop trying.

Food, Water, Fresh Air

The most important items on that timetable, she explained,  are activities that seem incredibly boring but are unquestionably critical and somehow also easy to discontinue, she needed  to recognise that while she would ensure her kids were fed or they went outdoors to play she  would be having a cup of coffee for a meal while hunched over her monitor for hours at a time.  Then, not at all surprisingly she’d really lose her temper with her children by 11 a.m. or even earlier. You need to eat, drink and stretch your legs. Eating can be a sandwich, a drink can be water, outside time can be walking the dog  or a quick trip to the corner shop.. You might believe you can’t afford the time to do those 3 things, but as my client said, you really need to do them.

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Reboot Your Brain.

If you take away nothing else about this advice on working from home working from home (with or without kids) let it be this– your brain really needs breaks to work well. Our work experiences from the day we first set foot in an office is we should be grinding away in front of a screen in order to do our jobs well. But that is really nonsense..

We don’t understand that office jobs actually have some breaks included, even if they don’t feel like breaks. A colleague passes by to chat, you pop out to pick up lunch, even meetings take you away from having a constant focus. Working from home with kids we try to replicate what we believe is the nonstop focus we have at work (again: we don’t) and wonder why it doesn’t, well, work. It’s because it is not possible and bad for you. So rather than thinking of helping your kids or making them a snack as taking time away from your own work-related tasks, acknowledge these moments as brief breaks that will allow your brain to reset, and will eventually make your work time a bit more productive once you return to it.

All in the Same Boat.

If distance working from home with kids is a novelty for you then you’re benefiting from a time when so many others are experiencing more or less the same level of disruption. Everyone has kids peeping in on their video calls. Everyone’s dogs are barking loudly in the background. That’s what on/off buttons are for on webcams.   We all know work is going to suffer and parenting will  also be negatively affected we can’t escape from any of that.. There is no glittering prize waiting for us at the end of this.  On the plus side, you know that that you have the amazing support of the team at Hold Everything to help you through, to answer your phone and check your mail.  As all our clients know, we make working from home, with or without kids, a workable solution.

 

 

 

How a Virtual Office could enhance your staff force

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To turn a good company in to a great company, you require exceptional staff. They are the bread and butter that make your business not just function, but deliver and are therefore pivotal to any company of any size.

 

The problem many office-based companies encounter is finding the right staff in the right location. Working from a set location you are limited to those who live within or are willing to travel to your office base. Using a Virtual Office to run your business you can have a registered London address without the need for your team to be located in one place. This gives you the flexibility to employ staff not only from anywhere in the country but potentially from anywhere in the world. You can focus on choosing the best employees based on their skills, ability and experience, rather than your search being narrowed by their proximity to the nearest tube stop!

 

Another benefit for employees choosing to work for a company utilising a Virtual Office solution is a flexible working day. Without being confined to an office, many employers can offer more lenient hours allowing employees to have a much better work-life balance. Flexible working conditions have been shown to result in staff who are not only happier in their job but also more productive during their working hours.

 

These discoveries about productivity are surprising to some, as an old fashioned view of those working from home are visions of your employees lounging about in their pyjamas and signing off at 3pm! However giving staff the opportunity to work from their home or a location of their choice gives them the responsibility to manage their time and their workload which often leads to voluntarily working longer as well as more productive hours.

 

As well as being more attractive to potential staff, Virtual Office has a number of other benefits. Hold Everything offers a prestigious Regent Street address for your company without the expensive overheads of renting an office space in the city. Along with your business address you will also get the perks and benefits of a dedicated telephone receptionist, mail forwarding services plus a hireable meeting space when you need to meet face-to-face with clients.

 

Your virtual receptionist will take messages and handle calls to your bespoke requirements, filtering out unwanted calls but also acting as a receptionist to all of your staff this means your employees can have their calls managed for them and make sure they never miss a vital message. Yet another perk of Virtual Office.

 

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Working remotely

Your staff make up the forefront of your business, so why settle for second best. Try out a Virtual Office package and make the most of your companies potential!