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Returning from MAT leave

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Spaghettihoops23 Thu 28-Apr-16 20:38:45

I am currently on mat leave & due to return to work in July. Originally was going to go back in Oct but as last 3 months are unpaid decided to go back early. I plan to only return for 3 months so that I don't have to pay money back. I do feel awkward about doing this and think it's a bit of a silly rule. I do understand why it's in place though.
I've obviously kept in touch with work collegues but the more I hear from them the more nervous I am about going back. They are very negative and have nothing good to say about the current workplace. Apparently the area manager has changed and is horrible etc. It's really freaking me out!
I'm worried because I will be only going back temporary and don't know how they'll react to me handing notice in after 2 months. Will they expect it? Also worried as before baby I was very work focused, put alot of my time & energy into my work and did over and above what was expected of me. Now my priorities have changed and I'll just want to get home to my baby. I want to be a SAHM for a couple of years & enjoy my baby.
What are your experiences of going back to work temporary after mat leave? How were your employers? Was it the worst 3months of your life?!shock
Don't think I'm workshy. Worked since I was 16, never been on benefits etc. It just won't be worth it financially going back to work f/t and I don't have an option of going back p/t.

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jclm Fri 29-Apr-16 11:49:07

No advice sorry but bumping thread for you

WorkingWomanCheerleader Mon 02-May-16 13:48:55

Hi, I haven't been in your situation so can't really share personal experience. But I do work with women who are returning to work or changing career (I'm a career coach) and a lot of what you're dealing with sounds like confidence and perception issues.
I would suggest focusing on what you can get out of the 3 months that you are there. Possibly speak to your employer a few weeks before you are due to go back to ask if there is some specific project or area that you can work on when you go back to help you readjust (sorry, I don't know what kind of work you do, or if this is possible)? But this way you will be clearer on what you're going back to do and that it has a specific timeframe. Which may help to reduce the worry. Then you can leave feeling that you have contributed something useful while you are there.
Hope this helps, happy to have a chat if you want.

snugglemommaebear Tue 03-May-16 22:30:54

I am due to return to work after 6 months maternity leave and am experiencing anxiety about how I'll manage. My manager has suggested I come back into the office one day a month (We have a Keeping In Touch scheme that offers a number of scenarios) to keep abreast of the work issues. Hopefully this will help me (I'll get the days added to my Maternity leave out take the days in lieu when I need them).
May be you could ask for something similar?

Spaghettihoops23 Fri 03-Feb-17 20:43:48


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felinewonderful Sun 05-Feb-17 09:33:04

I feel exactly the same. I have to go back for 12 weeks too. Does that mean you can hand in notice after being back for 8 weeks?

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