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A few weeks into our company-mandated universal work-from-home period, 3Q team members started opening up about their struggles working remotely. While the switch to remote work has affected everyone, it’s been especially challenging for many of our working parents, whose kids are now home from school or daycare. Weeks upon weeks of full workdays that juggle home schooling, nap schedules, diaper changes, meals, and the many other needs of children who miss their friends, teachers, relatives, and daily routines – without a real end in sight – has had an impact on the mental and physical health of working parents everywhere.
And as the working parent of a highly inquisitive, energetic five-year-old who wants to jump onto every Zoom meeting – and certainly doesn’t want to nap – I know firsthand how impossible it can be to balance work and parenting at this time.
Over the years, we’ve put a number of practices in place to give 3Qers flexibility in when and where they work – flex time, occasional WFH, sick leave, unlimited PTO – which can be really helpful for working parents. But as schools in many states are closed through the end of the school year and possibly longer, we understand that even these benefits may not be enough for parents and caregivers to sustain balance and health in the long term.
With that in mind, we’re asking everyone at 3Q to do their part to help our…