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What your kids can teach you how to be a better boss (seriously)

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What your kids can teach you how to be a better boss (seriously)
What your kids can teach you how to be a better boss (seriously)

Work with children from home poses all kinds of challenges, and it’s not just that your baby is interrupting yours video conference. There is the topic of time management, interpersonal conflicts, frequent distractions and much more.

As a person who has been working from home for more than a decade and has been accompanied by a small person in recent years, I have learned a few things about how to manage my equipment remotely.

Both my wife and I work from home and we are amazed at how much we have learned as we help our child grow.

Here are some of the administrative and management lessons I learned as a father working from home:

1. Make a schedule and stick to it

Every father who has had to prepare his children to go back to school after the holidays knows how difficult it is. A routine helps children and parents stay on the right track and organize everyone.

Bosses should do the same and schedule to be more productive at work. It doesn’t have to be a strict schedule that needs to be followed at all times, but a guide that helps you focus on the right times to get the most out of your time at work. A daily to-do list can help you work on the essential tasks of the day, and a stopwatch can help you plan your day. Prioritize your tasks based on your previous experience. Then adjust it to the different delivery times of your work and continue.

2. Learn to say thank you

Children often need an incentive to do their homework or do something. Some call it bribery, but for most fathers it’s about motivation. Adults are not that different, we also need rewards for achieving our goals, and these can be efficient management tools. There is a goal theory that we are more likely to achieve it if we combine correct feedback or rewards with specific or complicated goals. The higher the reward, the harder we will work for it.

Rewarding all big and small goals can help us do more at work. A simple reward that many bosses forget is to thank their team. A thank you at the right time can do a lot to reinforce positive behavior at work, promote a sense of belonging and make people feel better about your contribution.

3. Prioritize communication

Fathers often feel happy when their children finally start talking because they can already tell them what is causing the tantrum in question. It may not always make sense, but it is a milestone in your children’s development and relationship with them.

When it comes to managing employees, prioritizing communication is key. Remember not to communicate too much. Employees need to know what’s going on, but not with all the details about the situation (unless they’re directly related to it, but that’s a different story). Communicate when needed so that everyone feels they know what’s going on and can meet their expectations.

4. Forget about evil

Children have an inner resilience that makes most people forget the bad things that happen to them. They internalize the lesson they have learned, but in general they can forget the details. As adults, we tend to remember more things, so we tend to relive past mistakes, stay awake at night, and even suffer from severe anxiety.

Instead of doing this, we learn from the boy who stumbled and learned to walk a thousand times and who, when he could take two steps, forgot falls. Distract yourself from the situation or feel bad. If your brain doesn’t stop spinning, think of something completely different. Go for a walk, make a couple of lizards or count something. These activities take your brain out of its emotional state and help you avoid the associated fears.

5. Play well with others

One reason why fathers enroll their children in team activities is to help them learn to play together. You need to learn to share, delegate, accept, and collaborate with others to achieve a common goal.

It’s the same for adults at work. Managers need to create a collaborative environment in which their teams feel heard, respected and valued. A collaborative team creates an open and supportive work culture that can go beyond your team. Managers can promote collaboration by motivating communication both directly and between their employees through one-on-one interviews, delegating tasks to the entire team, and appreciating the team’s contribution.

Children learn a lot from adults, but we can also learn from them. By applying some of their behaviors to work, we can be better bosses and employees. And since everything indicates that we will continue to work from home in the near future, we have a great opportunity to learn from them.

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