When the time comes to returning to work there can be a lot to consider and a lot to plan out. There can be many reasons for needing to take time off work including maternity leave, illness, mental health, retirement and redundancy.
Remember when it comes to getting back into a routine and the workplace, there is always support available.
It’s important to communicate with your manager or HR team when you’re considering returning to work as this will be beneficial for everyone involved. Being open and honest will really help when trying to organise your return to work, from addressing your concerns to putting together a suitable return to work plan. If you’re returning to work after taking some time off due to an illness, whether it’s mental or something else then it’s best to be clear about what you might need in terms of support or help in case things start to get too much.
Remember your rights
It’s always important to remember your rights when it comes to returning to work, from the support that is on offer to your pay during your time off. If you’re returning to work from maternity leave, then it’s always important to read up on your rights which includes the amount of leave you’re entitled too, the support on offer and any additional benefits for when you do return to work. There are plenty of places to get information online, places such as the money advice service for advice on returning after maternity leave, mind for mental health and here for more information on your rights at work.
When you decide that the time is right to return to work, then make sure you don’t you don’t rush back and try to take on everything you were just before you left. There’s no reason you can’t build up to that but don’t feel as though you need to take it all back on as soon as you return. A well-managed return from serious illness for instance will reduce the chances of more time off, so it really pays to take things at a steady pace.
Randstad have put together a hub of information all about returning to work. You can find a wealth of resources including tips, advice and videos surrounding personal stories of people who have experienced returning to work after some time off.