Going back to the office after maternity leave can be full of mixed emotions for lots of mums. They might be excited to get some normality back in their lives and gain a little bit more independence. However, at the same time, some women feel worried about leaving their little ones for such long periods of time, especially if this is the first time they’ve left them in childcare or with a relative. Plus, most mums often worry about having missed out on so much stuff at work and they think that they may feel a bit left behind in the office.
It doesn’t have to be like that, though. As long as you follow these next few tips, you should find that the transition back to work is an easy one.
Firstly, it’s a good idea to get your work outfits in order. Sure, it may be fine to sit around at home in your tracky bottoms while you are looking after the baby, but that won’t go down too well back in the office! Now is the perfect time to give your wardrobe a bit of a refresh and to make sure that you look professional on your first day back. Take a look at the Ladies Shirt Edit from TM Lewin to see some suitably sophisticated clothes that would look great in the office. This should also give you an idea as to what is fashionable right now.
Meet Your Boss
If you are returning to the same company that you worked at before you had the baby, then I’m sure that everyone will be thrilled to have you back. Especially your boss! In fact, it’s worth arranging a quick meeting with your boss before you return so that they can fill you in with everything that’s been happening while you were away. This also gives you the chance to ask any questions or voice any concerns that you might want to have addressed.
Ease Yourself Into It
If it’s possible, you might want to think about returning to work on a part-time basis. This can help you to ease back into the nine-to-five life and juggling your work with being a new mum. As you get used to working part-time, you can then start to increase your hours accordingly.
Consider Your Childcare Options
It’s worth thinking about your childcare options well in advance of your return to work. That way, you aren’t rushing about at the last minute trying to find someone who can take care of your baby. If you and your partner are going to share the responsibility, then it’s worth working out your shifts to make sure there is no crossover. If you will send your child to a nursery or childminder, you will need to book this childcare a month or two in advance so that you don’t miss out on a space.
Returning to work after your maternity leave can be a big success if you follow these tips.