Return to work tips
Posted: Sunday January 26 2020
By: Abbie Coleman
Returning to work after maternity leave can hold a range of emotions from excitement through to dread at the thought of leaving your baby before you are ready. One thing I can say is that while there may be some common themes, not every woman feels the same way about her return nor should they.
We recently ran a survey of over 1k maternity returners on their thoughts, feelings and support they were offered upon return. There still seems to be a long way to go on support for maternity returners. So we want to give you our top tips to help you navigate your return:
What matters to you on your return?
Know what is important to you. Take some time out to sit down and look at your personal and career priorities, have these changed has the way you feel changed? Are you returning to a role and company your happy with, do you want more flexibility, do you want to go back part time or full time. Once your goals are clear you know you are on the track to success as your working towards something that works for you.
Know how you can achieve this return
So, you have worked out your priorities now how do you achieve them? If you are returning to work ensuring that you have the right childcare is essential if your heading back full time and your role includes long hours, then maybe a traditional nursery wouldn’t be suitable, and a childminder or nanny would be a better cost-effective childcare solution, especially if you have more than 1 child. Maybe you wish to cut back your hours in which case work out your finances the website the salary calculator can be an excellent way to quickly work out your salary when looking at pro rata and monthly income. Once you know what is important to you and what you need to achieve this, you now need to speak with work.
Talking To work about your return
The key to this apart from a great employer is to remember you have your ideal plan but that this is a starting point to work with your employer to find a solution that fits you both so flexibility is key from you as well as your employer. Remember that this plan is fluid and a work in progress and what may suit you with a 6-month-old may not still work for you with a 4-year-old.