In my last blog, I talked about starting to create a plan if you’re a new mum getting ready to go back to work. If you have defined the kind of arrangement that will work best for you – you are well on the way to creating your back-to-work plan. Here are 3 more important tips:
1. Know that feeling unprepared to go back to work is common, and TEMPORARY…
You may feel like you haven’t used your brain for anything other than parental duties for months. Or that you’ve forgotten how to even speak to adults in a professional setting! Maybe your ‘baby brain’ is still as present as ever and you’re worried the fog may persist. These emotions are common, but temporary. As a mum, flexibility is your new middle name! How many times have you had to change paths, cancel plans, or tackle a challenge thrown into the midst of your day, without warning? Your capacity to adapt is off the charts! And you will be surprised how quickly you will adapt to a workplace return.
2. Know your VALUE in the workplace –
Even if it’s been years since you were in the workplace, you still have knowledge and you still have value to an employer. There are plenty of resources available to help you reconnect with your strengths, skills and confidence. A great place to start is the Back to Work Advice Hub, by Women Returners:
In addition, there is some great advice on how to use the AWESOME skills you use every day as a mum to your advantage in the workplace. I LOVE this article written by the Talented Ladies Club:
3. Talk to other mothers… and find a MENTOR!
There are other women just like you who are willing to help with your transition back to the workplace. Undoubtedly, you have mums in your network who have returned to work successfully. Seek them out. Ask for advice. Pick their brain. The more information you glean, the better the decisions you can make.
Know there is power in having a mentor to help you through the process; someone to reach out to for support and wisdom. And especially to know that you are not alone in navigating your successful return to work.
Until next time,
Sarah Gonzalez, ACC, CPCC