Going back to work after maternity leave is a big challenge for any woman. Right after entering a new phase of life, going back to an older one can bring in a lot of complications, and one must be prepared to deal with it.
In addition to that, switching the roles between work also becomes a challenge. Not only will you have to talk to the clients in the office, but you also have to schedule a time to talk to your little darling back at home.
That is just the tip of the iceberg I tell you. There is a huge platter you have to take care of and under such circumstance, it's only obvious to forget a thing or two before you leave for work after such a long break.
But the good news is most of the women in the 21st century are doing it as compared to the old women in history. They are well balancing their role as a wife, as a new mother and also as a successful working woman. Surely they don’t know any magic. Then how are they getting all that done?
If they can do it, and so can you. All you have to do is organize and plan and the rest will fall in place. To that end, here are general top 6 points to keep in mind while you return to work after your maternity break.
A Trustworthy Childcare:
The importance of this point can not be understated! This aspect has to be sorted out as early as possible before going to work. It is important to choose someone whom you can trust. After all, you will be leaving your baby for a long time with this person.
In that light, having someone to take care of the child from the family is a dream come true. But if you are not that blessed, then you have to start looking for a good childcare unit.
Always remember to pump out the breast milk in a scheduled time. Look for an empty, clean place to get your breast pumped. Let your employees know about the situation and ensure that there are enough facilities at your workplace.
In addition to that, get your child used to your time of breastfeeding so that he/she is ready to feed after you come back from office.
Try To Bring In Flexibility:
Since there is no harm in asking, try and ask your employer to provide you some amount of flexibility regarding work matters. This you must do as early as possible, ideally before delivery. This will help them prepare and you can perhaps get flexible timing or a work from home options if so required.
Formulate Your Resume Well:
While going back to work after maternity leave, it is important to fill in details in your resume about your childbirth. Be specific about the dates and time. In addition to that, it will be a good point to write in brief about the things you might have learned during this time.
Such things can include new job roles, multitasking, time management and such. If you don’t want to start from the scratch, try online resume maker tools. These tools provide you hundreds of templates that you can customize within minutes.
Don't Change Child Care Frequently:
If you have other new mothers in your office, chances are you will hear about different childcare from them. But no matter how appealing they sound, do not drastically change the current childcare.
You must remember that babies take time to adjust to new people and new surroundings. If you change the childcare frequently he/she might get anxious and unsettled. Additionally, the relationship between you and the childcare is also essential. You can learn from the childcare about the progress your baby is making and such.
Keep A Backup Ready:
No matter how well you plan out the daily schedule, with the baby around, things might go haywire anytime, anywhere. Your baby might fall ill (touch wood) or the babysitter might fall ill. In such circumstance, all your planning and organizing can go for a toss.
Thus always keep a plan B handy. For instance, keep a backup babysitter, or get your friend to babysit when required, a family member, anyone. Your backup plan will save your life someday.
No matter how difficult it may sound, I am sure you are going to enjoy your new job role. Just hang in.
Published by Kavita Paliwal