Like many of you, I've been juggling being a full-time mom to a one year old and working from home full time. My husband has some flexibility to work from home, but he also needs to go into the office for work about half of the time. We don't have family in town to help with the baby. Honestly, I thought I was managing my work responsibilities well. I've never missed an important client meeting and I always clear my inbox before I wrap up for the week (even if that means working until 1 a.m. after my baby is asleep).
However, my boss let me have it this week. He is concerned that my productively and response time has declined since the stay at home order. He doesn't find it possible for me to continue the high demands of my job and the responsibilities at home. Therefore some recommendations were made to reduce my work hours and responsibilities.
Here is what I know: my productively and responsiveness had declined to the degree that one would expect, not to the degree that I deserve this kind of feedback. I've been putting in 16 hour days off and on since March and have never received negative feedback before this conversation. I think my boss is panicking because of how it "looks" to leadership to have someone managing important responsibilities and juggling life as a primary caregiver.
I was afraid that a conversation like this would take place because of the type of work culture at this place. There is little trust even among tenured employees. Has anyone else had to deal with conversations like these due to the new Covid-19 work/life balance? What was the outcome?