'My heart sank' | Picture from CEO's son reveals struggle of working parents

Picture from CEO's son reveals struggle of working parents

A mum has shared a heartbreaking picture that her son made of what she looks like when working from home – The Mirror reported.

Priya Amin, the CEO of Flexable and a TED speaker, took to LinkedIn sharing the image, which highlights the struggles currently faced by many working parents in light of the coronavirus crisis.

The drawing shows a young boy asking his mum whether she has finished for the working day, to which she responds ‘no’ and continues to work.

‘My heart sank’

Amin, who is based in the US, admitted that her “heart sank” after seeing this drawing. She wrote on LinkedIn: “…My six-year-old snuck into my office and handed me a piece of paper.

"At first, I glanced at it and said 'Oh that's so good buddy!' but when I looked closer, I read four words that broke my heart – 'Mommy, are you done?' to which the mommy in the picture answered 'No'.

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"I looked at the clock – it was 6:05 PM.

"Then I looked at my to-do list which seemed to be a mile long. My heart sank – although I don't like to admit it, this is the situation almost every night."

Struggles with work-life balance

The CEO went on to explain that her ability to separate work and home life has become more challenging as the pandemic continues, particularly when coupled with “responsibilities of parenting, homeschooling and home obligations, in general, it feels overwhelming".

She added: "The guilt associated with that is palpable. Guilt for not doing enough work in the day.

"Guilt for not being at my best mentally or emotionally. Guilt for spending transactional time with my kids instead of intentional, meaningful time with them.

"That last type of guilt is what fell on me like a ton of bricks when this sweet drawing landed in my lap,” she added.

Several users on the social networking platform praised Amin for sharing the “relatable" image and many admitted that they had felt this way at times too.

While this example took place in the US, it is likely that many working parents in the UK can relate to the struggles of being a working parent amid the coronavirus crisis.

With England currently in ‘Lockdown 3.0’ many working parents are having to juggle working, parenting and homeschooling simultaneously.

To help manage this juggling act, some employers have increased the support available to working parents.

‘Impellam Superstars homeschooling scheme’

One example of this is the firm Guidant Global who recently introduced an education programme to support its workers and their children.

The Impellam Superstars homeschooling scheme sees staff across the entire Impellam Group – which includes Guidant Global – offer their time to help teach the kids of their peers each week.

Within this programme, a range of topics are covered including languages and creative writing as well as more entertaining sessions such as Disney quizzes.

Nicky Hale, Global Head of Talent Engagement at Guidant Global said: “We’ve involved everyone across the business where we can – in fact our CEO Simon Blockley really got behind the idea when we first suggested it and rolled it out across the entire Impellam group, rather than just Guidant Global.

“The feedback has been fantastic so far and it’s really refreshing for everyone involved.

“The kids get to interact with new children and ‘teachers’ and parents get some well-deserved respite – even if it’s just to have a hot cup of tea rather than a cold one,” Hale added. 

While not all employers will have programmes in place like Impellam Superstars, there are other things that employers can do to help.

According to a recent CIPD blog, employers can step up support in various ways.

This can include signposting working parents’ attention to health and wellbeing support that is available, ensuring that line managers are being inclusive and supportive and sending supportive messages from the top among other things.

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