Working from home with sick kids

by in Flu Season, Healthcare, People, Trends that the holiday season has come and gone, it is time to head back to work. As we swing back into our old routines, the only thing stopping us from our normal day-to-day activities is the reality of cold and flu season.

According to WebMD:
  • Flu activity usually peaks in January and February.
  • On average, 5%–20% of the US population will get the flu each year, resulting in over 200,000 flu-related hospitalizations.
  • The typical incubation period for the flu is one to four days. Adults can be contagious from the day before symptoms begin through five to ten days after the illness starts.
  • A regular case of the flu typically resolves after three to seven days for the majority of people, although cough and fatigue can persist for more than two weeks.

So what are you supposed to do when your little one comes down with the flu?

Almost half of all parents will miss work to take care of sick children, so you aren’t alone in juggling taking care of your family and work. Industry statistics suggest that each flu season, nearly 111 million workdays are lost due to the flu, equating to approximately $7 billion per year in sick days and lost productivity. However, in reality, you are doing the company a favor by reducing the number of germs floating around the office. Many of the common office illnesses are contagious, and you don’t want to risk getting others sick.

Today’s video conferencing technology allows us to work from home without missing important meetings or lowering productivity. Let’s face it—between the chicken soup runs and the temperature monitoring, there can be a lot of downtime during naps and movie marathons. Here are a few tips on working from home with sick kiddos:

1. Prioritize your calendar.

Review your calendar to identify important meetings and deadlines. Setting priorities for the day will help you identify the key projects that need to be completed, which allows you to focus on taking care of children while not getting overwhelmed by your to-do list. Remember that the recording and sharing features of Lifesize let you take in the content of a meeting on your own time.

2. Take time to rest.

Caring for sick kids can be exhausting, so set aside time to take care of yourself. Getting your family back to healthy while working is no easy feat—rest up, eat right and drink lots of fluids.

3. Stay connected.

Video conferencing solutions let you can stay connected to the office, join meetings and collaborate with teammates from home. Download the free 14-day trial of the Lifesize app to experience simple to use video conferencing that’s as lifelike as meeting in person.

Getting kids back to school and flu season may go hand in hand, but that doesn’t mean you have to choose between work and taking care of your family. We hope these tips help you balance caring for a sick little one and work!