Getting back into the workforce after taking extended time off to look after your kids, can be a stressful time.
Whether you’re returning to the same industry you worked in before you left, or taking the plunge into a completely new type of work, you may feel a little out of the loop. Here are some practical tips on how to make the transition back into the workplace a success!
Tips for getting back into the workforce
Efficiency is key!
Determine whether you are in a position to be able to transition back to work slowly. Look into working part-time or just a couple of days a week at first. If this is not an option, talk to your boss about working from home or a back to work program. Many companies encourage flexible work arrangements, with most organisations often finding such arrangements to be the most effective in terms of employee productivity.
This could mean having the flexibility to do the afternoon school pick up and then working again into the night after the kids have hit the sack. Talk to your boss about finding an arrangement that makes the most effective use of your time.
Ask for help
Getting back into the workforce is hard enough as it is. But add kids to the mix and family obligations and your responsibilities can seem like an insurmountable mountain you never get on top of. Try sharing chores and responsibilities with your partner. This could mean having your partner fix dinners in the evening while you get the children ready in the morning.
If you are a divorced parent, re-entering the workforce can seem like even more of a daunting challenge. Don’t be afraid to ask for child support in order to arrange childcare and babysitting services to help take care of the load. After all, you are entitled to it!
Know that it will be tough
Many women, upon returning to the workforce, find themselves ridden with guilt at having to leave their children at home. The first couple of weeks (even months) can be an emotional and physical roller coaster. Understand that feelings of sadness and anxiety are perfectly normal and try to find your own ways to make the transition smoother. Perhaps video Skype the babysitter during lunch, place photos of your kids on your desk or talk to other mothers at work too see how they coped.
Don’t forget to enjoy the joys and challenges of getting back into the workforce and remember to reach out for help. Of the millions of working mothers out there, chances are, there is one that has felt just the same way you do at one point or another!
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