have your kids take notes at your meetings, and other weirdly out-of-touch advice for the quarantine

I offer for your enjoyment this amazing email I received this week:

I thought you and your readers might be amused by a meeting that my spouse’s company had recently. The topic was “Tips on Staying Productive While Working from Home with Kids” and the meeting was hosted by three people from their HR department.

Some of the tips included:

    • Have your kids listen in on meetings and teach them how to take notes
    • Get them acquainted with technology by having them help you submit an IT help ticket
    • Delegate small tasks to them such as organizing your files or setting up meeting alerts on your calendar

And my personal favorite:

  • Make a prioritized list of schoolwork and chore objectives for them daily so that they’ll be able to work independently all day

A meeting attendee asked the meeting hosts for advice on how they put these tips into practice.

HR person #1 has a stay-at-home spouse that cares for their children.
HR person #2 has moved their parents into their home to provide childcare.
HR person #3 has a live-in nanny who is still working and quarantining with the family.

My spouse intends to send an email to their team tomorrow saying, “Help, I delegated tasks to my 2 year old and now I think all our data has been sold to [competitor]!”

have your kids take notes at your meetings, and other weirdly out-of-touch advice for the quarantine was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

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