There are numerous reasons why someone would need a leave of absence. Not only do you need to prepare for your own leave but businesses also need to prepare for their employees when they take extended time off. Even a one week vacation can have an effect on an employee and the business.
The amount of time off you can take in a row may depend on why you need the time off, where you stand in the company, and even how long you’ve been on the job. If you just started the job and you need a week off for a family wedding in the Bahamas you may find you don’t have a job.
Steps To Take Prior To Leave
Start out by looking into what the policies are on taking a leave of absence from your job. There may be certain rules and stipulations depending on the leave you need. If you’re part time and having a baby you may get time off but it may be unpaid. If you are full-time and need maternity leave you may get partial paid time off.
Health reasons, life reasons, family reasons, and more can be reasons to take some time off of work. You will want to try to give some sort of notice to your employer so that they can be prepared to be one man, or woman, down. If it’s emergency leave you won’t be able to do that.
What To Do While On Leave
You may want to check in with your employer on occasion while you are on leave. It may not be necessary, but it may help them keep you in the back of their minds and anxious to have you back. If you’re on maternity leave you might even want to stop in the office with your baby a few weeks after they are born so all your co-workers can meet them.
You may even want to spend some time keeping up with work online, or by checking in. You could have your employer continue sending you memos. With the internet, it’s almost possible to continue working from home while on leave, and getting paid for it too.
Preparing To Go Back To Work
Depending on how much time you took off from work, getting back into the groove may be a difficult task. You’ve gotten used to being at home with your new baby, or being off your feet recovering, and now you’re going to have to go back to work and try not to fall behind.
Depending on the type of leave you have taken, you may need to have some paperwork filled out, or even bring some information from your doctor. Once you have everything you need you may want to reach out to your employer and/or co-workers a few days before your return to find out if there were any changes while you were gone that you should be informed of. This can help you prepare and not come back to work to any major surprises.