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Working Parents during COVID – Leverage Their Value with Dr. Dana Sumpter

Season 1, Episode 45

Hello!I'm Caneel.

I'm a social scientist who helps people break out of the invisible traps and make whole-life changes easily and naturally. 

Are you a working parent? Do you manage working parents?

During the pandemic, many working parents have been faced with resources being taken away.  It has been a struggle for many families to find balance working with children at home. 

Often, parents are a misunderstood group of the workforce.  Collectively, as a society and as leaders, we have a shared responsibility to better understand what working parents are going through and to understand what we can do to challenge the system, to create the change we want, and to stand for reformations, acceptance, and empathy.  

Dr. Dana Sumpter joined me on Allowed: Conscious Leadership and Personal Growth.  Dana is an associate professor of organizational theory and management at Pepperdine University.  Her newest project is researching the experiences of working mothers during Covid-19.

Watch below or listen to the episode, Working Parents During Covid-19, as we talk about tactical recommendations for both parents and managers to maximize growth, improve communication, increase support and optimize productivity, especially in remote working and remote learning environments.

Conscious leaders strive to learn about how we can better manage, lead, influence, and support our teams, our colleagues, and ourselves, and how we can best lead, especially through crises or change such as COVID-19. In this episode, we speak with Dr. Dana Sumpter about a leverage-point that has great relevance for any manager in the workforce. In particular, we will be focusing on one of the most valuable and essential segments of the workforce – parents.

There’s a lot of evidence that especially in this COVID era, with the shutdown of schools, working parents are feeling the pressure and scarcity of resources. They are a misunderstood group. Collectively as a society, and as leaders, in particular, we have a shared responsibility to better understand what this group is going through, and to understand what we can do to challenge the system, to create the change we want, and to stand for reformations, acceptance, and empathy, and how can we reorganize ourselves in a way that is creative and from above the line.

In this episode, we talk about specific tactical recommendations for both parents and leaders of working parents to maximize growth, improve communication, increase support, and optimize productivity, especially in remote working and remote learning environments.

You may be one of those who is needing to be better understood, better supported, or you may be not part of this demographic segment and yet it’s very important that we better understand what they’re going through right now so that we can move into a place of greater awareness and we can make conscious choices as leaders about how we might adapt our approach to be more in service of that to which we are most deeply committed.

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