Many couples now find themselves both at home with either one or both continuing to work from the home environment. This brings about a change, not only to the living routine of the couple but also to the focus of the individuals whilst still at home as the boundaries of work and personal space can be blurred.
So why is working from home difficult for some couples?
Because of the potential distractions at home, including:
- Spouse’s expectations.
- Kids’ needs (homeschooling, or entertaining during holidays).
- Social media, there’s less accountability now.
- Household needs and home improvement projects.
We have to remember, God designed us to be a brilliant team!
Now the Lord God said, “It is not good (beneficial) for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper [one who balances him—a counterpart who is] suitable and complimentary for him.” Genesis 2:18
So what do we need to be a brilliant team?
- Anticipation of team lack or gaps to cover each other’s weaknesses.
- Clarity in team roles.
- Encouragement, the 4:1 ratio. You should give encourage 4 times as much as you criticise.
- Determination, a team mindset of never give up.
For couples working from home, how does teamwork happen in a practical way?
Start your day communicating about these 3 specific areas and find a position of agreement for each day:
- Timelines: Outline a start and finish time for all the segments in your day, like work time, relationship time, breaks, meal times etc.
- Work zones: Setup space for work and treat it like an office. Which room in the house is your work space? What items or spaces will you need to share? Remember: the devil is in the detail.
- Roles: What are your work and home roles for the day? who is doing what in the home? Who will clean, take care of the kids, food prep, shop, wash?
Have a listen to our conversation with Pastor Phil below: