3 tips for parents returning to work

Whether you’ve recently welcomed a new addition to your family and your parental leave is ending, or you’ve stayed home to raise your kids and are returning to the workforce, getting back out there can be quite challenging. You may be resuming a position at the same organization or starting a new role at a completely different company. Either way, here are three tips for getting back into a groove and finding your place in the working world.

Be realistic

You may be coming back from a twelve-week leave, or a twelve-year hiatus, but regardless of the time frame, things will have undoubtedly changed. Don’t expect to jump right back into things because while you were away, other employees were still going about their normal routine. Be patient with others and with yourself. If you’re returning to the same organization, personnel and organizational changes may have been made that will take some getting used to. If you’re starting somewhere new, look at it as a new adventure and although it may be scary at first, things will fall into place.

Maintain your composure

Most likely when you start back at work, other employees will know your situation. Therefore, it’s fine to briefly catch up with them about your home life, but don’t dwell on personal matters. Sometimes returning to work can be emotional, so it’s important that you don’t let yourself get too hung up on either your baby in childcare or your older children in school. Keep yourself focused on your job responsibilities and others will see that you’re dedicated despite going through a transitional time.

Let go of the guilt

Many new parents return to work out of necessity and others do because of their dedication to their career. Whatever the reason, going from being with children and family to being with coworkers in the workplace can be a disorienting change. Many who are in this position feel a sense of guilt for making the decision to return to work. The most important thing you can do for yourself and your family is to let go of your guilt and be proud of your decision. Trust in yourself and have the strength to move forward.


Wendy Moody

Wendy Moody

Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps ... Web: www.cuinsight.com Details