ChicExecs VP of Public Relations and Digital Media, Kristen Wessel, spoke with Authority Magazine for their series on how busy women leaders are addressing their new needs during Covid-19.
The Covid-19 pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of our lives today. Can you articulate to our readers what are the biggest family-related challenges you are facing as a woman business leader during this pandemic?
Personally, being a working mother during this time has been incredibly challenging. My husband has been going to work every day during this pandemic so I’ve been home with the kids and have continued to work full-time, while homeschooling them. There have been a lot of tears, but also a lot of grace and love from my children. They are amazing. Kids are so resilient.
Can you share what you’ve done to address those challenges?
We’ve stuck to a schedule. While homeschooling and working full-time, we were very routine regimented. We had designated times for Mommy’s work time, school work, play time, electronic time, snack time and quiet time. This kept our household running smoothly and on track. We also did “recess time” with kids in our cul de sac every afternoon and this was a lifesaver so the kids could ride bikes and get their energy out. Thank goodness for fellow moms who are there to support and lift each other up!
Can you share the biggest work related challenges you are facing as a woman in business during this pandemic?
Zoom calls. Although they are convenient and I believe a lot can get accomplished, I miss in-person interactions. Many of my employees I haven’t seen in over 6 months and that can be tough. Hopefully we can all get together again in person soon.
Read Kristen’s full interview on how she tackles the extreme work life balance of being a woman business leader during COVID-19.