21 Jul Baby to Work : 5 Tips for a Smooth Transition
Is it time for you to get back to work? How do you feel – guilty, uncertain, excited?
It’s a given that working women who have gone the family way will take some time off work to raise them. Some women jump back to their jobs right away – thanks to the flexible work schedule, while others take an extended leave in order to spend several years with their children before returning to work. Those who leave work for a lengthier time, though, have found bigger challenges getting back into the workforce than the ones who got back to their jobs (even if it meant a work from home option).
Flexibility is the first thought that comes to the mind since we want to be able to do our jobs well while also being able to attend to our children too – be it their school events and pediatrician visits, but it’s not the only factor to consider.Here are 5 tips to make the transition smooth:
Backup care :
This is often looked upon as a saving grace should your child’s school gets over early or if your child has got flu. You should arrange for a place your child is comfortable and can be looked after till you reach him/her.
Flexible Work Arrangement:
Be flexible with your work. Before you return to work, discuss the flexible hours arrangement with your boss – working from home part-time, or sharing a job if that makes sense. Be prepared to suggest ways that might work so your boss knows you’re serious about making your new situation successful.
Check and confirm your baby’s details are updated in all records – employer records and insurance records.
While it is obvious to stay home from work or work from home when you have the flu. However, it gets complicated when your child has the flu. Some employers allow workers to use their sick leave when they need to stay home to care for a sick family member – and given how often kids come down with illnesses, this can be another crucial benefit.
Last but not the least, don’t forget about yourself. If you’re completely exhausted and emotionally depleted, you won’t do either of your “jobs” well. Try to get as much rest as possible, get some exercise, and fit at least a little “me-time” in the week.