What are some best practices for juggling work and caregiving?
It's difficult to juggle work, family, and other responsibilities. Caregiving faculty have always struggled with this, but with remote work, remote schooling, and fewer options for childcare, this struggle is heightened under the pandemic. Caring for older parents or relatives has additional challenges. Here are some helpful resources and articles offering advice on managing work from home and resources to help plan your days.
- Virtual 'Coffee Breaks' for Faculty Caregivers hosted by the Office of Faculty Development
- Workshops and Support Groups through UMass Workplace Learning & Development
Tips for working remotely with kids:
- Working From Home With Kids? How to Manage the Impossible
- 8 Tips For Working From Home With Kids During COVID-19
- Tips for Working Remotely While Kids Are Home
- Harvard Business Review Readers on Juggling Work and Kids...While in a Pandemic
- Additional resources for supporting children with remote learning
- Providing care for our elders can be stressful, even more so during the pandemic as they are a population at higher risk and may need to rely on you for care. Managing work and eldercare can be difficult--here are some eldercare tips, ways to remember to care for yourself, and sources to outsource eldercare.
Supporting your mental health:
- The UMass Faculty and Staff Assistance Program offers free counseling, workshops, and referrals to community therapists.
- How to cope with stress according to the CDC
- University of Michigan's School of Medicine tips on managing your mental health during COVID-19
- Grief and Self-Care During Crisis Teaching
- How Mindfulness Can Help During COVID-19
- The New Work-Life Balance panel presentation
- Faculty resilience during COVID-19