Working Mothers During COVID: 5+ Effective Tips
Motherhood was never a sorted task. The conventional roles of males and females in a household would never be interchanged or even relieved at all. This makes the predicament of the working mothers during COVID more difficult.
A man is seen as a provider. He is responsible for providing his family with a good house, food, finance, and lifestyle – and nothing else.
Men do not have to face hypocrite comments. If he earns a fat check but fails to take care of his house and children. However, a woman’s role is multi-faceted.
Pursuing their dreams and goals might not be as simple as that of a man’s.
Dimensions of a woman’s expected personality development increase after she becomes a mother.
Women have to push boundaries and face more struggles in handling work as well as a family. This is owing to the expectation of a mom being a “Supermom”.
Mommies are required to be all-rounders. Not just a stay at home mom and definitely not just a dedicated professional. It is just not acceptable if a talented and hardworking woman who aces in her field, cannot take out the time and impart equal dedication for her children.
Several American mothers experienced a dramatic change in their lives when the nation started to cope with the novel Coronavirus two months ago, far beyond the sheer loss of their routines.
Earlier, Easier Times
In the United States of America, people hire babysitters or nannies for taking care of kids at home. Working parents have no option but to leave their child (or children) with such babysitters while the hours they are off to work.
In alternative situations, corporate companies have daycare centers or nurseries to supervise and take care of children while their parents work there.
These practices benefited many people. They were a good source of pocket-money for teenage boys and girls who babysit their neighbors’ or family friends’ children.
Secondly, daycare centers and nannies were a part of an organized service providing business.
Additionally, both the parents in the workforce could carry out their jobs effectively without any potential worries or distractions related to home or children.
The COVID curse
Apart from the general stress in the environment relating to the virus’s effects and the mortality rates, a great amount of burden has befallen on the shoulders of women.
The juggling of work-life and family life has always been a dilemma for women. But now, things have become hard with greater intensity for working women during COVID.
The necessity of working from home has lessened the probability of coming into contact and transmitting the virus. Maintaining a balance between both the necessary jobs – earning money and nurturing little minds, have been a tiresome and tedious task.
Most working mothers during COVID have become unpaid teachers as well. Online education compels students to study from home. So, the mother has to look upon and supervise her child/children attending their schools via internet-based platforms.
The task of educating a child especially in his or her initial years of kindergarten or pre-school is not an easy responsibility. It requires an immense level of patience, creativity, and practice.
The pressure of attending children and attending meetings at the same time or on the same day is pretty exhausting for working mothers during COVID. Moreover, working from home tends to lessen an individual’s creativity.
It also ruins the tenacity of dedication as it doesn’t provide a conducive atmosphere. The kind of efforts by the working mothers during COVID than normal days is substantially higher.
While working from home, there can be flexibility in schedules i.e., one can take breaks whenever they want. Individuals don’t even have the compulsion to wear certain kinds of clothes (formals, as required in corporate offices).
Money for lunch or transportation is now a saving.
The bottom line, working mothers during COVID sure have some bonus. But because of more responsibilities than privileges, the disadvantages of working from home outweigh its advantages.
Taking Care of working mothers during COVID
Below are few steps that employers can take for working mothers during the COVID.
Employers can :
1. Assess if existing job strategies benefit their employees’ families effectively.
Are current policies providing enough backup to the families? Employers can start by recognizing the parents who work with the most immediate concerns.
Special emphasis on disadvantaged communities is vital. Freelancers, migrant, pregnant or nursing employees, disabled employees, etc. require proper attention.
2. Reduce financial pressures if the employees’ family fall sick due to the pandemic
Lessening the possible financial pressures for working mothers from the COVID-19 outbreak is important. Help initiatives can include the security of housing, paid parental leave, and monetary transfers, such as childcare benefits and health spending benefits. Particular assistance should be given to disadvantaged groups, such as low-income and migrant workers.
3. Encourage better hygiene – in the office and for remote workers.
Employers should protect parents who perform important on-site duties by ensuring safe and sanitary premises. Making provision for running water and soap for hand-washing stations or alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also good practice.
Working mothers must have the facility to breastfeed in safe and supportive breastfeeding establishments.
Business owners can also effectively safeguard all staff – even those who work remotely. Exchanging key messages about preventive steps, travel advice, and ways of communicating about the virus with their children are some of the ways to do it.
4. Help the employees deal with tension
Organizations can have special assistance during the COVID-19 crisis for staff who feel nervous, disturbed, or frightened. They may also assist working parents who help their kids deal with stress and paranoia.
Employers can verify that only knowledge is exchanged from reputable sources and that psychological and social resources are available to all staff.
They should also give the time and money they need to console and take care of the children to working mothers.
The above involves offering useful resources that allow caregivers to chat, play, and other types of relaxation that children require
Families can :
1. Make sure the burden of handling various schedules of the child/children are holistically distributed among the responsible family hours.
2. Husbands can be supportive of their wives working their shifts on (if they have) their toddler.
3. Various refreshing activities and fun games can be played by families that reduce stress and make sure everyone spends quality time with each other.
Working mothers can :
1. Start being good planners and managers: for their time distribution between handling the child and handling the job. Because let’s face it, like it or not, you ‘have’ to be a “Supermom”. One who finds the action planning for meals for the families a way to simplify their tasks.
2. Workout during free times and extend their steps towards a healthier lifestyle. The internet is an infinite space of content that caters to human needs. Working mothers during COVID can subscribe themselves to various Yoga or exercise routines to remain fit.
3. Last but not the least, communicate: with their bosses or seniors explaining peculiar situations and seeking solutions for them.
With their families to inculcate a feeling of being a team and mutually distributing duties & to their subordinates by decreasing the gaps and ensuring better functioning of the workplace post-COVID.
You can learn more about juggling between work and family during COVID here.
Thus, the plight of working mothers during COVID truly asks for a time of extremely practical feminism. That incorporates major ingredients of Understanding and Team Work.