Magazine article Working Mother

Plan Ahead

Magazine article Working Mother

Plan Ahead

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As you enjoy decorating your baby's nursery, spend some time getting your workplace ducks in a row. Advance planning means your maternity leave will have fewer disruptive emails and calls from colleagues looking for that blue folder.

Work ahead. When you're seven months along, start tying up loose ends and organizing as though you were leaving tomorrow. Then, if you deliver early or are put on bed rest, no one (including you) is caught off guard.

Prepare to pass the baton. Will your fill-in be able to access files? Clean up your desk and leave behind only what's helpful to get the job done. Create a schedule of tasks and directives. If complicated, explain how to manage assignments so a sub can step in seamlessly.

Discuss your return. Review flexible work options with your manager and HR department before you go on leave. Will telecommuting some days be an option? Can you phase back gradually, working fewer days or hours at first? A gradual return could support longer breastfeeding and more baby bonding.

Source: Nancy W. Hall, author of Balancing Pregnancy and Work

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