Smart Way Back to Work After Maternity Leave
Returning to work after maternity leave the first time can cause stress
for many women. Not only because the adjustment back work environment,
but also can make women feel about her role as a career woman as well as
Some experts believe that women take about four months of maternity leave
before it is ready to work again, but most women only get six to eight
weeks of leave.
Here are ways to make the transition as smooth as possible as reported by
Foxnews.com, Thursday (08/12/2011):
A. Go back to work in the middle of the week
Experts recommend to begin work in the middle of the week, so the first
working week was short. Many women found work only one or two days in the
first week or so.
"The smooth transition, the more productive he is at work," said Chris
Paul, director of the Center for Work and Family in Rockville, Md..
2. Talking about babies
Many women fear talking about their babies in the workplace, because
people will assume that he hoped to be home, not at work. But if you feel
that your colleague is not available to talk about it, keep your baby's
story for yourself.
"Speaking of babies can build relationships with others in the workplace.
People talk about his personal life all the time at work, so it is
natural to talk about the kids," said Jamie Ladge, assistant professor of
management at Northeastern University in Boston.
3. Give yourself time to adjust.
"When the women returned to work, they have tried to integrate the
fluctuations and how to act as a professional with his new role as a
mother," said Ladge.
Women may take a while to adjust to the new identity and learn how to
synchronize work and home responsibilities.
4. Ask for flexible hours.
Many employees, both women and men, to negotiate a schedule that is not
too stiff and can relieve stress by working on the 9:00 to 18:00 o'clock.
Talk to other employees who may have done the same way to find out tips-
"You may be afraid that people will think poorly of you if you request
it, but if you do not ask, you will not get it," said Ladge.
5. Ignore comments in italics.
One could say openly or secretly about the new changes in the performance
of women who give birth.
Your boss may say, "I hope you are not one of the women who are no longer
committed to 100 percent after having a baby". Laugh, but do not work
twice as hard to prove that he was wrong.
6. Be sure to explain everything to the boss.
Be communicative about what they want from a job that is not ruled out by
the employer because of an inaccurate assumption that you are now is a
7. Find Help
If you have received help from parents or housekeeper, then it is time to
return to work. Assistance in cleaning house and cooking can help young
mothers feel less tired.
8. Plan your morning routine.
One of the most important thing is the division of labor between women
and couples. Whom and when that will bathe the baby, who will keep the
baby, feed, take the baby to daycare, make dinner, and pick up your baby.
9. Infant-feeding alternative night.
If the mother is always giving milk when the baby is hungry in the middle
of the night, he will be exhausted in the morning. Try to take turns with
10. Do not try to be super-mom.
Understand that women can not do everything alone. Some things you may
need to be sacrificed, like a perfectly clean house or cook dinner.