Centric Consulting President and Co-Founder Larry English recently had an article published in HR Dive, where he talked about the employer’s responsibility in taking care of their employees who may now have homeschooling children.
HR Dive featured a guest article by Larry English in their opinion section. He wrote about five tips for coping with school closures as parents continue to work remote. Larry addressed the need for employers to provide support to parents who are dealing with the new reality of balancing work and school under the same roof.
“Have a “life comes first” attitude. The lines between work and life are blurred for us all, whether we work in an office or out of our living room. When email, chats and texts can follow us home, it’s no longer easy to find work-life balance.
Balance, however, is needed more than ever. Employers must encourage employees to disengage from work and allow parents the breathing room and flexibility they need to prioritize both family and their jobs,” Larry said.
He focuses on providing support and letting go of traditional expectations, saying that offering more adaptability is, actually, the solution to happier and more effective employees, especially during this weird time.
“If your company can grant employees extra flexibility and trust and help them build a stronger community, the result will be a stronger culture and happier, more loyal employees — a true silver lining in the storm.”