Change in scenery: Parents working from home

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Photo by Audreanna Dunton

Loy Norrix parent Abby Haughey works from home during the COVID-19 pandemic and adapts to all of the changes from working from an office to home.

Audreanna Dunton, Assistant Business Manager

As non-essential businesses have been shut down since March due to COVID-19, many businessmen and businesswomen have had to adapt to working from home. While this may seem like a dream come true to some, it can come with many new challenges as well!

“There is never a dull moment and more work!” said Abby Haughey, a Loy Norrix parent. 

Millions around the world have had to transition into a new routine while staying at home rather than commuting to work everyday. For most, this means extra long hours spent on a laptop instead of in-person interactions, video-chatting, and making sure their communication skills are stronger than ever.

In-home, and impromptu, offices and work spaces have been set up so workers can efficiently get their jobs done. While COVID-19 has taken over just about every single aspect in our daily lives, businesses must remain productive — even if it is not face to face. 

“It is nice to see patience and all the creativity of how to get things done,” said Haughey. 

Working from home has not just been a change in scenery, however, but has also brought upon change within the mindset of many workers. Many people have a “hands-on” work ethic, meaning they work better in environments where they can be social, physically work on things, and be in a person-to-person work environment. 

However, due to COVID-19, people have had to adapt pretty quickly to working from the comfort of their own home. Not only that, but also caring for children who are attending online classes. Parents will often need to assist their student in meetings, logging in, and reminding them of assignments — especially younger students.

 The stress of home-schooling while also working from home can become quite overwhelming for many. 

“Between Zoom calls, Microsoft team calls and go-to meetings, I just feel fortunate to have a space to work in my house to escape my dogs barking, and kids needing something. I feel for the folks that have less than ideal workspaces in their home. Some of my co-workers have young kids and Zoom calls can turn into a Saturday Night Live skit pretty quickly,” said Haughey. 

Maintaining focus, good work ethic, and organization is key during this huge change for so many. While it may be difficult at times, it is important to stay strong! 

“The whole world is feeling this. I’ve had to call certain places and while talking to their IT or customer support in places all over the world, I could tell they, too, were working from home.” Haughey continued, “I always make light of the dogs barking, kids, or TV in the background when I hear it. If you take the time to connect with people and what they’re going through, it makes everything less painful for everyone!”