If you are feeling pulled in different directions by your demands as a caregiver and your demands at work, you’re not alone. According to a recent study by AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving, more than 60 percent of the 43.5 million caregivers throughout the US worked while providing care, with over 56 percent of them working full time.
Businesses are only just starting to realize the implications caregiving has on productivity. And as more employers move to a more flexible environment, we’ll begin seeing more people than ever working from home.
For many positions, working from home makes sense. You can be productive and get things done, all the while being there for when the person you are caring for when they need you the most.
While working from home may seem like a dream come true, it isn’t without its own drawbacks. Working from home can be difficult if you don’t establish boundaries from the very beginning.
Have Set Hours
Does your loved one prefer to sleep in? It may be easier for you to rise early and have several hours of uninterrupted work time before your caregiving role kicks in. You may also need set hours during the day in which you can be easily contacted by people in the office, clients, or even vendors you deal with on a regular basis. By setting your work hours, you can express them with people at the office and people that know you are at home. Including the person you are caring for. It helps you stick with a schedule and makes your work life easier. [Read more…]