As a parent, working successfully from home requires the ability to balance two competing priorities both which are staring you in the face simultaneously. You also need to be able to work well with little or no face time with colleagues and supervisors. Think you have the chops to walk the tightrope alone and not fall off? Take our quiz to see how you might fare.
1. You are working on a project when you hear your child crying in another room where you know they are being supervised by a responsible adult. You:
A. Drop what you are doing to check in and make sure the situation is addressed before it gets worse.
B. Wait to see if the cries turn into wails before taking a peek.
C. Let the adult who is supervising handle it. You will only get involved if there is blood.
2. The office holiday party is scheduled for the same day as your child’s school show. You:
A. Go to the party and makes sure someone who loves your child is in the audience, armed with a video camera so that you can watch it later with your child.
B. Happily go to your child’s show because you hate those office parties anyway. Now you have a good excuse.
C. Try to make it to both events, missing substantial portions of each but successfully showing your face for a period of time.
3. It is 4:30 p.m. and you have an important deadline in the morning. You have at least four more hours of work to complete the project. You:
A. Stop working at 5:00 p.m., spend time with the family and then, once the kids are in bed, work until 1:00 a.m.
B. Call and ask for an extension until tomorrow afternoon.
C. Work past 5:00 and through dinner because you can’t relax with the project hanging over your head.
4. Which of the following work projects is most appealing to you?
A. A longer term project for which you are solely responsible.
B. A group effort that requires consensus and the bringing together of work and ideas.
C. A combination of both individual and team efforts.
5. How do you like to communicate best with others?
A. In person
6. A large but important project is coming down the pike and has yet to be assigned. You:
A. Raise your hand to lead it; you always like a challenge.
B. Offer to help if needed.
C. Make yourself invisible.
7. You get an email from a colleague that is written in all capital letters. You:
A.Wonder why he is “yelling” at you and spend the rest of the day thinking about what you could have possibly done wrong.
B. Reply back to him in caps asking, “WHY ARE YOU YELLING AT ME?”
C. Pick up the phone and call him to straighten it out person to person.
8. It has been a few days since you have heard from your boss. You view this as:
A. A welcome rest; you take it when you can get it.
B. A sign you are about to get canned; you begin to update your resume.
C. An uncomfortable pause; you call your boss to check in and see what’s happening.
9. During work hours, the phone rings and you see it is your closest friend from college. You:
A. Anxiously pick up the phone and talk for the next thirty minutes.
B. Pick it up and ask if you can call him or her back when you are done work.
C. Let the call go to voicemail and make a note to call back later in the evening.
10. Which is more important to you during the day?
A. A change of scenery.
B. A change of pace.
C. I don’t like change.
11. Which area do you question yourself the most?
A. My abilities as a professional.
B. My abilities as a parent.
C. Both parent and professional equally.