For many women, taking time out of the workplace is a time of mixed emotions. On one hand, you’re excited about having a break from the pace and pressure, and can’t wait for the opportunity to develop a close and connected relationship with your baby.
Yet on the other, you feel nervous about the impact this time out of the workplace may have on your career opportunities and progression – and that perhaps you may lose your ‘edge’ and productivity after being out of the game for a while.
The good news is, parental leave doesn’t have to derail your career. In fact, it can have quite the opposite effect if you tackle it with the right approach. By focusing on a few key things the experience of parental leave can instead become an opportunity for you to grow in your career and return to work with even brighter career prospects.
Before we share 3 things that will help keep your career on track during parental leave, it’s important to acknowledge that the early weeks and months of a new baby arriving can be all-encompassing and exhausting.
Our advice during this time is to try and go with the flow and let go of all things work for a while to just be in the moment and enjoy your baby – and survive! Don’t pressure yourself to achieve too much more than keeping yourself and your baby fed, alive and well – simplify life as much as you can and be kind to yourself.
There will come a time when you feel ready to tune back into work - and that timing is different for everyone.
One thing that remains the same though, is the vital importance of planning and communication before, during and after your parental leave.
Click on the video below where we share 3 simple ways to protect your career during Parental Leave:
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