IBJ Podcast: The pressures of working and parenting at home in a pandemic

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Kim Borton, left, works from home while her children Logan Borton, center, age 6 and Katie Borton, age 7, work on an art project in Beaverton, Oregon. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

Mason King, the host of The IBJ Podcast, focuses this week on the pressures and challenges of trying to fulfill your obligations as an employee, spouse and parent in the “new normal” of sequestration, an environment where those responsibilities can easily collide.

These dramas are playing out in a thousand different ways, so King invited local families to pose questions for his podcast interview with human resources expert Liz Malatestinic. One of the most common: “Is it reasonable for employers to expect their workers to put in eight- or 10 hours of work every day and be responsive within minutes under these circumstances?” The obvious follow-up: “What if my boss doesn’t care?”

The families also shared some of the strategies they’ve employed to stay organized and ahead of potential meltdowns—either from children or the parents.

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