WORKING FROM HOME PARENT? WE GOT TIPS

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The pandemic has changed the daily way of life for all Australians, and as a way of minimising the spread many businesses and schools have taken the precaution by closing their doors. Which has lead to many parents finding themselves in a new teritory of working from home whilst also having to care for and even educate their children. In many cases parents don’t have the extra funds at the moment to hire a care taker or cannot afford to take time off.

Becoming full-time employees and full-time parent is something that many Australians are currently faced with. In order to best adapt to this challanging time our clients have been getting creative and here are some of their top tips.

Tips for Working from Home with Kids

  1. Create a schedule and stick to it. Children rely on routine and unfortunately due to the closure of daycare and schoosl that has been disrupted. Thus it’s important for them and yourself to establish a new routine. During your child’s nap, why not focus on work assignments that require focus, small shifts like these are key.
  2. Use technology to your advantage: There are thousands of learning apps out there to keep your children entertained. For the younger ones there are apps like Moose Math, Alpha Tots and TallyTots and Endless Apps. For the older children try Khan Academy, Duolingo, Elevate or Quizlet.
  3. Stay Active: Relieve stress and reduce built up energy by incorporating excersise to encouraging movement . Try dance vidoes, toddler yoga or go for walks during your lunch break.
  4. Include your kids in your “work”: Give them an “assignment” to complete while you focus on your work.
  5. Take it easy on yourself: Take it day by day until you find your stride. This will pass, but in the meantime, remember we’re in this together and we’re here to help!

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EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES DURING COVID-19

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Employer and employees during COVID-19 find themselves in a very complex relationship, filled with fears, concerns and emotion. During this time employees are looking to their employer to address these concerns during COVID-19 and these uncertain times. While you may be doing your best, it’s imporant to remember three things when addressing your employees fears during COVID-19. The news is filled with misinformation being distributed about employment. As their employer its your job to break through the noise and put your employees at ease, which is not an easy task at all.

Employers during COVID-19 should:

  1. Be very clear: Most employees trust that their employers care about their wellbeing and will turn to employers for clarity during this time. Employers have a powerful role in giving employees guidance, so be concise and clear with your messaging. Always refer to official documentation and state facts not fiction.
  2. Be empathetic: Your job as an employer is not to solve every problem, but your messaging should be compassionate, caring, and understanding. The key is to ensure your communications are reassuring, empowering, and leave room for open dialogue. A simple way to achieve this is to take the time to ask ‘how are you?’ then wait for an answer and listen to the response.
  3. Be connected: To ensure your employees don’t feel alone, let them know you’re available to talk if they ever need it. Regular updates from management to remind employees you have their best interest is in mind. For remote workers, we recommend you try to meet face-to-face over video chat if possible. Encouraging employees to make space for human interaction while distancing will ensure you’re keeping the company’s culture alive.  Other options are team quizzes and games, or virtual happy hours.

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LOSS OF INCOME?

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Have you experienced a loss of income as a result of coronavirus? Here are a few steps to lessen the financial burden and position yourself to bounce back as the economy recovers.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU EXPERIENCE A LOSS OF INCOME

1. Review your budget

If your household’s income is about to change because of coronavirus, it’s time to review your budget. 

Calculate your monltly expenses to determine if your reduced income still allows you to afford all of your basic needs. Or if you need to find additional savings — or an additional source of income, if possible. 

2. Eliminate what you can

Part of reviewing your budget should include identifying what unnecessary costs you could reduce or get rid of entirely. Social distancing is preventing most of us from spending money on social activities, gym memberships, and transportation, for example.

3. Talk to your lenders

Get in touch with your lenders for any debt repayment (Credit card debt, a car loan, or a mortgage). As you may be eligable for their financial hardship schemes.

4. Make sure you’re not missing out

The government is responding to coronovirus challenges with benefits and relief options to support Australian households. So make sure to check out the government website for updates and more information on relief packages.

5. Don’t be so hard on yourself

Review all options available to you before jumping into anything that could have a long-term impact, like taking out or taking money out of your retirement savings. When making decisions about your finances, remember to keep in mind things when we go back to normal. Don’t forget to look after yourself and your mental health during this challenging period. Remeber that we’re all in this together. 

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