Managing Work and Family

Sarah Wolfe, CSP Recruitment Manager

We don’t have to tell you how hard it is to work in a medical office and manage your family life. And, while most articles about work/life balance discuss only that – balance – in this article we’re going to offer you some tips on how to manage your work and family.

1) Aim to have a consistent routine each morning so that your children know what to expect regarding what time to get up, what time to eat, what time to leave, etc. This will help your children know what “steps” will be taken each morning as all you get ready for work and school/daycare.

2) Get up before your children do. This will help you get an uninterrupted start to your day. If at all possible, for your own health and well-being, use this time to exercise or otherwise take some quiet time just for yourself.

3) Pack everyone’s lunches the night before. Set out clothing the night before. Pack your own work needs (briefcase, papers, etc.) the night before.

4) When it comes to dealing with emergencies, have a plan before a crisis develops. And we’re not talking just major emergencies, but those day-to-day interruptions to your plans, such as children becoming sick or getting a minor injury at school. Discuss with your spouse or other family members who will do what when interruptions occur.

5) Save up some of your own sick days to care for your child/family members when incidents occur.

6) Be sure to have someone you trust locally who can handle a small emergency – at least for the first couple of hours – when you can’t.

7) Consider cooking several meals on a weekend and freezing them for thawing out for weekday dinners. This will make your weekday evenings much more relaxing.

8) Look at dinner as a time for your family members to get together, relax and share their day-to-day happenings. Dinner together is a terrific way to bond with each other.

As you can see in the above suggestions, communication is key: Communication with your children as well as your spouse/family members. Aim to sit down with each other (spouse, kids) together as a family and individually to discuss how everyone can make everyone’s day easier and less stressful/complicated.

Do you have some tips on how to manage your work and family? If so, share them with us and our Professional Staffing Group blog readers. Then, if you’re a biller, coder or clerk with experience working in a medical office, we have many open positions with some of Jackson’s best medical employers. Contact us today!