Surviving the “Back to School” Schedule Shifts: Tips for Working Parents & Managers

Surviving the “Back to School” Schedule Shifts: Tips for Working Parents and Managers (Good Company Newsletter of the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program, September 7, 2011)

For working parents, September signifies a shift in the structure of life. Vacations are coming to an end, summer routines and activities are dwindling and children are going back to school (or starting college). Both employees and their managers can take steps to ensure that the stress of “back-to-school” time is managed in a way that minimizes stress and promotes work performance.

“Back to school” time can breed higher levels of stress, as parents grapple with a number of realities:

  1. Children have to be at school at a certain time, which can add additional time demands on parents.
  2. The purchase of school supplies, clothes and registration costs/tuition can be an additional financial burden.
  3. Vacation time is often used up, meaning that there will be fewer opportunities during the next several months to be able to take a personal break from work to devote to other life needs.

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