By VTNG Family Programs
| April 2, 2020
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VTNG Family Programs Feature Story By: State Family Programs Director Mr. David Leonard
Along with many of our VTNG families, Family Programs is currently “teleworking” to minimize the effects of the COVID-19 virus. There are great tips on how to telework successfully and maintain productivity, however, the majority of the tips are geared for “normal” teleworking, not a workforce mandated to telework to minimize a worldwide outbreak. The very first tip I saw on many business sites was “separate work life from home life”. How exactly do you do that with your partner/spouse AND children home “teleworking” or “tele schooling” as well?
I think to avoid total chaos, we first need to acknowledge that there is no playbook for what we are all experiencing right now. We need to write a new playbook which will be different for each family. What I have come up with may work for you and your family, but I am by no means an expert!
Structure: it may be helpful to divide up your day, to establish a routine that works for you and your family. If your work day usually starts at 7:30 am, stick to that-your kids and partner/spouse can follow the same schedule. One idea is to work from 7:30 to 11:00, take a break to go for a walk, play with your kids, and have lunch together to talk about what everyone is feeling. Then plan to work from 1:30 to 3:00 pm, take a short 15 minute break to check in with everyone. Resume work from 3:15 to 5:00pm. Unless your job requires an untraditional work day (maybe on call 24/7 or essential personnel), END your day at a specific time; don’t go checking work email or calls again after dinner. One of the traps of teleworking is to keep working even after putting in a full day.
As I said, this may or may not work for your family. Just remember that these are extremely challenging times and that you are not alone. We are here for you-remotely-but still here for you! Please check this website as we are constantly updating and posting resources that may help you and your family:
Next month, I hope my article will be about “rebounding” after a worldwide crisis. Until then, please be well and safe. All the Best,
DAVID C. LEONARD
Director, Family Programs
Vermont National Guard
Family Programs Mission: provide education, support and resources through community, state, and federal programs, to ensure service members, families, and veterans have the knowledge and resiliency to support mission readiness and retention.