Mummy Returns part 2
If you’ve decided to return to work following maternity leave, agreed your working pattern, and the time to return is edging ever closer, check out these top tips for ensuring a smooth and stress free return to work.
5. Book some time in the diary in the first week back with people you know and trust. Being out of the workplace for a period of time can make you feel like the new girl again. Get some coffee time in or arrange to do lunch with someone. The combination of being informed on what’s been happening while you were out and having someone to eat with who isn’t going to throw carrot sticks at you is quite empowering.
6. Know your contingency plan for collecting little one from childcare if you are delayed. There’s nothing worse than the panic that comes with thinking you are going to be late in collecting your child from nursery or the childminder. If your day is going pear shaped (or you forgot to check the bus timetable for the homeward bound journey!) being able to execute your already predetermined Plan B will ease any stress.
7. Plan your mornings. Getting out of the front door takes significantly more effort with a little person in tow. Get yourself showered and dressed before making a start on sorting your son or daughter out. It’s less of a deal if they go to the childminder without having their hair brushed than if you go out looking like you’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards / wearing non matching shoes / with your pyjama top still on under your suit jacket. Prepare as much as you can the night before. Pack bags and sort lunches, leave polished shoes and jackets by the front door ready for a quick exit. Pop your bus fare / train ticket or car keys in your jacket pocket to avoid any rummaging around the bottom of your bag for another 50p or pleading with a little one who can’t answer you anyway to tell you where they’ve hidden the car keys.
8. Relish the opportunity to wear skirts / tights / heels again. Do however check that your working wardrobe still fits rather than trying on your faithful black boot cut trousers on the morning of your return to find they aren’t quite right. Comfy jogging bottoms covered in yoghurt tend not to cut it in the acceptable workplace dress code stakes.
9. Accept that the workplace may be different to when you were last there and your attitude to it might also have shifted. New faces, new ideas, new ways of doing things can bring on mini wobbles. You might have mixed feelings about your return to work. You may be dreading leaving your child (particularly if it’s your first) or feel guilty that you are actually looking forward to getting back to the office. You may be worried that you’ll have forgotten how to do your job, or won’t be quite so good at it any more; perhaps you’ll be relishing the chance to get back to a world inhabited by grown-ups. Within a week or so however, you’ll feel like you’ve never been away – whether or not that’s a good thing is entirely up to you!
Guest post by Julie-Ann Murphy of www.supermummy.co.uk