We’ve provided some tips to help organisations prepare employees return to work:  
 
  Stay in touch regularly with employees on parental leave with emails and phone calls; even it’s just to check in.
  Make an effort to invite employees on parental leave to staff meetings, events and social gatherings. It’s important they feel part of your team and company regardless of being on leave.
  At least 12 weeks before the expected date of return, invite the employee to meet and discuss his or her return to work options.
  Explore if the employee would like to return to their previous role or if appropriate, what other roles in the organisation they might like to be considered for.
  If the employee would like to return to work under a flexible work arrangement, ask the employee to outline how they propose the flexible work arrangement would work and to highlight any positives and potential issues that might need addressing.
  Offer a return to work training or coaching session with a working parent expert to help the employee with the return to work transition.  For most parents, the first 12 months back at work can be the most difficult.
  Consider offering a gradual return to work of one day a week slowly building up to more days / hours over the first few weeks and months.
  Re-orientate the employee back into the workplace and team so they feel up to speed with current news and progress.  A lot can change in most workplaces in one month, let along 12 months.
  Be understanding; being a working parent is twice as challenging.  A working parent has two jobs, the one they get paid for to perform at work and the ‘second job’ they do when they get home looking after their family.
 
 

Ask about mums@work Working Parents Toolkit and Coaching Certificates on 02 9967 8377 or email info@mumsatwork.com.au

 

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