Hybrid Work –Tips for working from home during school holidays

It has been a couple of years since most workplaces have moved from remote working to a more hybrid model after the lockdowns. Nearly 70 percent of employees now prefer a hybrid workplace where they can split their time between the office and a home working environment.

As it’s currently school holidays and you may be working from home to be at home with your kids. School holidays can be a great time to spend quality moments with your kids, but they can also post unique challenges for remote workers who need to balance their work responsibilities with family time. However, with some planning and the right strategies, you can successfully and productively work from home during school holidays. In this blog article we share some tips to help you navigate this balancing act.

1. Establish a Clear Schedule

    One of the most important aspects of working from home during school holidays is maintain a clear and structured schedule. Communicate your work hours to your family and stick to them as closely as possible. Having a predictable routine may help your kids understand when you’re available and when you need to focus.

    2. Create a Dedicated Workspace

    Designate a specific workplace in your home where you can concentrate on your work. Having a separate area can help you mentally switch between work and family time. Ensure your workspace is well-organised and comfortable, making it easier to stay focused and productive during your work blocks.

    3. Set Realistic Expectations

    It’s essential to manage both your own and your family’s expectations during school holidays. While you might not be as productive as usual, it’s okay to adjust your workload temporarily. Inform your employer or clients in advance if necessary and be transparent about your possible reduced availability during this time.

    4. Plan Activities

    To ensure your children have a memorable holiday, plan engaging and fun activities for them. These activities can keep them occupied while you work.

    5. Prioritise Self-Care

    Taking care of your own wellbeing is crucial during busy times. Prioritise self-care by getting enough sleep, eating well, and finding moments for true breaks. A refreshed mind and body will help you juggle your dual roles more effectively.

    6. Be Flexible

    And lastly, flexibility is a must when working from home during school holidays. Understand that things might not always go as planned, and unexpected interruptions may occur. Embrace adaptability and remain patient with yourself, your workload and your children.

    Balancing work and family life during school holidays can be challenging, but with these tips we hope you can find a manageable middle ground.

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