Like many families my wife and I are currently juggling two jobs, home schooling and looking after two young children - none of us could have imagined lockdown could be so busy.
We're just about keeping on top of our work and home-schooling but the house could really do with a tidy and the garden is littered with more plastic toys than the local preschool.
What is reassuring is that we are all in this together; my experience has been clients do understand when the kids burst into the office during a video call to tell me DINNERS READY! To my pleasant surprise clients often want to say hello and start a conversation; my 6 and 2-year-old are doing wonders for client retention.
My children instinctively know when it is my turn to lead on a Zoom call; the high point was when the two-year-old wandered behind me during a key client call having removed his trousers AND nappy. Luckily the client saw the funny side.
As a private client solicitor I cannot recall a time when we have been busier but I am extremely fortunate to be supported by a brilliant team - thank you guys for your heroic efforts.
When we come out of this I hope we will have learnt that it is actually a good thing to be more human at work. We are all in the same boat trying to juggle work, family, friends, our own physical and mental health – at the moment we can't hide it but perhaps we shouldn't try to.
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