Navigating your new role as a ‘working mum’ after maternity leave

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Going back to work after maternity leave is a big step, no matter how long you have been away from the office, and it will take time for you and your family to adjust to a new routine.

Kate Sadler recently returned to her role as finance director with recruitment consultancy Macildowie after the birth of her two children, now aged one-and-a-half and two-and-a-half. After two years away from the office, she shares her tips for a successful transition.

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1) Give yourself time to adjust

You never really get over the ‘mum guilt’ that many people talk about, so don’t be too hard on yourself when you drop the kids off at nursery for the first time. Going back to work is a big change for your whole family; the first week is particularly tough and it could be a few months before your new way of life feels normal again.

Remember that your company is likely to have changed too – and you may well have a new boss, office, colleagues, clients and/or systems in place. Again, give yourself time to adapt to the changes and don’t just expect to pick everything up where you left off.

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