It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 has shaken up the workforce in many ways—from furloughed workers to a shift toward remote work to scaling back on staff and budgets. And, when it comes to how employees are navigating the effects of COVID-19, the impact is not only felt at work but especially at home.
Employees with children have taken on the added responsibility of balancing childcare and virtual schooling with normal work duties. Sometimes, the two worlds clash as employees who are scheduled for virtual or phone meetings find themselves multitasking while keeping children entertained and engaged with learning. If you find yourself in this situation, you can attest that it’s not easy.
So, how can employers best help employees who are working and balancing childcare or virtual learning? And are there specific regulations or guidelines that employers must follow for employees with children amid COVID-19? Here are a few things you should know.