All MCAD COVID-19 updates will be posted below and at mcad.edu/covid19

All MCAD COVID-19 updates will be posted below and at mcad.edu/covid19

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All MCAD COVID-19 updates will be posted below and at mcad.edu/covid19

All MCAD COVID-19 updates will be posted below and at mcad.edu/covid19

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS

 

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS (AND SUPERVISORS)

 

 

FOR SUPERVISORS

During this time, you may have employees who have increased responsibilities at home, whether that be homeschooling children who are doing distance learning and/or are caregiving for other family members. Below are a few tips and some resources that may be helpful for you. 

  • TIPS:

    • 50 minute meetings: Consider scheduling meetings that are 35-50 minutes long instead of a full 30-60 minutes, This gives time for everyone to get up and stretch, go to the restroom, attend to any child(ren) at home, etc. 

    • Be flexible: If your employee has to be available to their children at a given time to help their children with distance learning and/or to care for a family member, work with them to find a way to adjust for these demands (whether working remotely or on campus). Consider schedule changes and/or shift in duties if possible. In being supportive, flexible, reasonable and accommodating MCAD will hopefully retain all of our amazing and dedicated employees throughout this pandemic. 

    • Be communicative: Touch base often with your employees about these competing demands and how best to balance the demands of their work and the demands of their responsibilities at home (especially those that come up during the course of the work day itself). 

    • Be realistic: Many work environments are dealing with this same issue and trying to find creative solutions, but don’t assume that another parent or family member can take care of these responsibilities for your specific employee. A recent survey by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that in light of COVID-19 employers were offering flexible solutions for employees such as flexible work hours (86 percent), full-time remote work (71 percent) and reduced work hours (63 percent). According to another survey by APCO Worldwide, nearly half of respondents said that while they appreciated these kinds of flexibilities, that their employer still had unrealistic expectations about what they could accomplish while caring for others. 

    • Be compassionate: Being a full-time employee AND a full-time caregiver and/or homeschooling parent is hard work. Be flexible and accommodating whenever possible. Lack of compassion and flexibility can lead to decreased morale not just for that employee, but for other team members who may worry that should that be in a similar situation, they may not be afforded understanding and support. 

    • Be aware: All MCAD employees are covered by Earned Sick and Safe Time and may also be covered by the Expanded Family Medical Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. These both cover time off and/or leave needed to care for children or a loved one. EFMLA provides up to 10 weeks of leave  at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay if the employee is unable to work due to a bona fide need for leave to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19. The employee must meet eligibility requirements, and at the time of request, MCAD must be under 500 employees (which is sometimes the case).  If you have any questions about either of these, please contact human_resources@mcad.edu.

       

 

FOR PARENTS

Juggling work and having children at home is challenging and complex. Below are some tips and resources which may be helpful for you as you look ahead to the next academic year.  

 

  • TIPS:

    • Set a routine and transitional habits: Depending on the age of your child, let the child help set the schedule of their day, especially if doing distance learning. At home learning provides some amount of flexibility to the day if learning is happening asynchronously, so if that is the case, see what works best for you and your child(ren). Consider setting some transitional habits–such as putting on a specific garment or lighting a candle–to designate the transition from home activities to those related to work/school.

    • Designate workspaces for you and your child(ren): If possible, set up spaces for you and your child(ren) to work and study. If you don’t have an extra room, consider doing something as fancy as hanging a curtain or even adding some masking tape to the floor to designate the special purpose for that  area. 

    • Lean in to multitasking: Part of this new normal is having to wear many hats at once. Lean into this reality by adjusting expectations  as needed - whether that be for yourself, your child(ren), and your supervisor. Adjust as needed and keep in communication with your leader to see if your schedule or workload need to flex to accommodate the demands at home. Be kind to yourself too!

    • Practice self-care: Challenging during these times, but if possible, try to carve out time to care for your own needs. Take breaks. Get enough sleep. 

       

FOR CAREGIVERS

Juggling work and caregiving for loved ones is challenging and complex. Below are some tips and resources which may be helpful for you as you look ahead to the next academic year.  

 

FOR EVERYONE