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Returning to work after parental leave: a checklist for a smooth transition

Returning to work after parental leave marks a significant change, from diaper changes and stroller walks to important meetings and lunches with colleagues.

Whether you're looking forward to socializing with other adults again or concerned about being away from your child all day, being prepared is important.

To make your transition smoother, here, we have prepared a checklist to guide you. Download the LEIA Health app now for the right support before, during, and after your parental leave.

Returning to work checklist

1. Schedule a development chat

Set up a meeting with your manager as soon as you're back to discuss your thoughts, concerns, and any development opportunities.

2. Familiarize yourself with company policies

Understand your company's rules for parents returning to work, including benefits, specific needs, and chances for growth.

3. Arrange reliable childcare

Plan and secure reliable care for your child during work hours to ensure their well-being and your peace of mind.

4. Transition gradually

If possible, consider easing back into work with flexible options, allowing you to adjust and find a balance between work and home responsibilities.

5. Stay Informed

Stay connected with work updates, even during your parental leave, by accessing the company intranet. Stay updated on significant changes that occurred while you were away.

6. Update missed skills

If your industry or role has evolved during your leave, take steps to regain any missed skills.

Check if your employer provides opportunities for parental leave attendees to attend conferences or training programs.

" I am so grateful to my employer for providing me with the Leia app, which has been a valuable resource for my physical and mental health both during and after my parental leave."

Returning to work after parental leave can present challenges. Prioritize your physical and mental well-being during this time. Make time for yourself and strive for a work-life balance that suits you and your family.


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