All around the country, schools have recently begun or are about to start. Even if you don’t have a child in school, or don’t take courses yourself, the change in everyone’s schedules and patterns is noticeable. People are now juggling new schedules, more responsibilities, longer mornings, more meetings, and many other things that might impact them outside of work. While this doesn’t mean that companies change their expectations or that employees now get different treatment, there are some ways to make this seasonal shift easier for everyone involved.
Scheduling in advance. Proper scheduling is valuable for both the employer and the employee. The further in advance, someone knows when and where they need to be, the easier it is to schedule and prepare for other demands that might come up.
Communication. Being honest with your networks both inside and outside of work about your needs and expectations is essential. If no one knows what you need, no one can help you.
Remote option (if feasible). While this isn’t possible for every company, the option of working remotely on days that are going to be split up due to a meeting at a school can save everyone time and get the employee back to work quicker.
Patience. The work/life balance is a struggle for everyone. No one likes having to choose between one and the other, no matter how well they do it. Understand that employees and employers are getting used to the new schedules and trying to do what is best for everyone involved.
Expectations. It is vital for employers to clearly state their expectations of employees upon hire, just as it is essential for employees to know what their expectations are. If something changes or does not meet expectations, it is within everyone’s rights to discuss that.
Every year there is a new idea of how to balance work and life. Every article that is out there only speaks to a specific population or line of work. Finding what works between employees and employers is case-specific.