BabyLifeParenting

If you are going back to work after maternity leave soon, then it’s time to really start thinking about how you want your new life to be as a working parent, and how you and your company see this working for both you and them.

One of the first things that you need to consider is your company’s approach and policies to working parents.  A lot of companies have some great policies in place, but for some reason these policies don’t always filter down the chain or are blocked by managers that ignore these guidelines.  This is sadly when the problems start to arise.   So, before you do anything else, make sure you know what the corporate rules of your company are, and if you can, talk to other colleagues who have already been through the process.   With this information you can then focus on how you can make these policies work for you. Hopefully, this last year and half has shown companies how flexible their staff can be and will bear this in mind when discussing your return to work.

Always keep in mind that this is your story, and you are the one living it, but also be mindful that it is imperative to your success, as a working parent, that you get your manager on board.  So, as well as explaining to your manager how you would like things to be, it is also essential to ask them what they would like from you, so that you can make it work for all of you.

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