One of the hardest things about being a new mother is returning to work after a long absence, the thought alone can cause stress to many women which in turn can stress out a family. The most important thing to do is prepare for your return, not only ensuring your baby will be cared for in a way that you are most comfortable with but also that you are mentally ready to return to work. We have a few great tips that can help make the transition as smooth as possible.
Keep in contact with your employer
This advice could be too little too late if you’re starting back next week but If you can, try to ensure you maintain a good relationship with your boss while you are on maternity leave. We’re not saying you need to be calling every day, or checking your emails constantly, but calling every couple of weeks will not only reassure your employer that you are still committed to your job, it will also mean you are staying in the loop of any Company changes that occur.
Arrange regular reviews with your boss on your return
Even if these are 10 minute catch-ups once a week during your first month or scheduled meetings every few weeks, regular reviews with your boss will allow you to ensure you are on the right track back at work. Not only will this ensure you appear professional and proactive but it will give you the opportunity to discuss what is working well and any concerns you or your boss may have.
Try not to expect everything to be as it was before you left for maternity leave. The Company may have had to adapt to accommodate the work load your job required, new staff members may have started and new policies or work-routines may have been established. It may feel odd and perhaps even a little nerve-wracking to return to work with everything different, but don’t take the changes personally. Embrace everything at work as much as you have had to embrace the changes in your personal life!
Find your confidence
Returning to work after having a baby can really affect your confidence; you’ve been out of the workforce for a while and while you certainly haven’t been resting with your feet up that doesn’t mean you aren’t out of practice. Prepare for your return to work by treating yourself to a new power-suit or an outfit that will help you look the part, even if you don’t feel it. It’s true that if you look good, you feel good too.
Remember why you are going back to work.
There are so many stigma’s attached to being a working mother that you will never please everyone but it’s important to remember that your reasons are your own and to remember those reasons every time you feel a little stressed.
We believe working-mothers should be applauded for being able to succeed in all elements of their life and it is important that professional relationships are maintained and strengthened during maternity leave and upon returning to work, we hope some of our advice will assist you on your way!