When it comes to getting back to work after you’ve taken some time off for maternity leave, there can be many things to consider and plan to make sure it goes as smoothing as possible. It’s a big change and can take a little while to adjust into a new routine. If this is your first time returning to work after taking a break then there can be a lot to consider, there is a lot of information available from sources such as the money advice service and even from your employer who should be able to provide you with some information. Below are some of things you might want to consider when the time to returning to work comes around.
Putting a plan in place
Putting a solid plan in place with your manager and the HR team is a good idea when it comes to returning to the workplace as it can allow you to prepare for any issues or changes that might have occurred whilst you were away. Take some time to sit down and go through things, such as role expectations, working hours, support on offer and plan out some targets over the coming months to have something to work to.
Changing things up
Returning to work after time off for maternity can be the perfect time to rethink your career and change things up if you want. It might be worth looking to see what’s available in your area and for your skillset.. If you’re thinking of finding a role with better hours to fit around nursery or school hours, then part time might be something to consider. Alternatively, why not consider working within an environment that allows for term time working, education jobs are great for this as you can take similar holiday break to your children.
Getting the right support
Making sure you get the right support when you return to work is so important, no matter what industry or occupation you’re in. Make sure you have someone at work that you feel comfortable talking to, especially if you feel that things are getting too much, or you need some support in returning to your role. There’s no shame in asking for help, and you shouldn’t feel as though you must take on everything you were doing before you left. Equally important is having someone at home, such as a family member or friend who you can confide in to make sure you’re supported outside of work.
Taking things slow
Returning to work and back to full time hours might not be for everyone, it can be a tough adjustment to make, especially if you’ve had a long time off. If the thought of returning to 40-hour weeks is too much to handle when you first return, then talk to your manager to see if you can return as part time or with flexible hours and then build it up over time. Taking it slow to start off with will help you adjust back into working life and allow you to get back into the swing of things, remember to walk before you try to run!
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