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Tips For Getting Back Into The Workforce After Kids

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!

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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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  1. 14/06/2012 / 12:30 am

    Congrats on your first guest, Mad Mummas! That’s awesome. This post is very relevant and thanks for organising it. Full of a lot of good advice and tips. Personally, I think the last bit about it being “tough” is important. Sometimes people give up, but perserverance is the key to small business. Thanks again for directing us to this part of your fabulous blog – its tweetirrific! Looking forward to reading about your next guest … Will stay tuned til then … Tweet, tweet! x

    • Kell (Mad Mummas Sweet Randoms)
      15/06/2012 / 7:27 am

      Yes I agree, this is very relevant to mums everywhere. I hope they got at least one piece of helpful information that will help them.

  2. 15/06/2012 / 12:20 am

    I’m due to return to work in a fortnight after 12 months maternity leave. I don’t want to go! I haven’t been away long enough to lose confidence or need re-training. My biggest challenge will be having my head in the game when its wrapped around my little boy. *Sigh*. Congratulations on your first guest post and thanks for linking up for Flash Blog Friday 🙂

    • Kell (Mad Mummas Sweet Randoms)
      15/06/2012 / 7:30 am

      Yes Bree, I completely understand not wanting to go back. I love being at home with the kids and nothing compares – but everyone is different, a few of my friends couldn’t get back to work fast enough. Each to their own I say. I hope your transition back to work is easy for you (are you going back FT/PT/Casual?

  3. 15/06/2012 / 12:22 am

    I am terrified of going back to work, but at the same time, would love to. As much as I love being mummy, I miss being my own person too, and feel that I have lost that sense of myself since leaving. Great post!
    Chrissie xx

    • Kell (Mad Mummas Sweet Randoms)
      15/06/2012 / 7:31 am

      Hahaha yes I remember the missed emotions of whether I wanted to go back to work or not. It sucks and its a hard dicission to make. I hope you get the sense of self you need! Thanks for commenting Chrissie. xx

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