Congratulations! You are expecting a little one. In the flurry of doctor’s appointments and planning for your new arrival, your job is probably one of the last things on your mind. However, it’s worth it to take steps at work to prepare for maternity leave. You don’t want to leave your team in a lurch, and you want to return to a workplace that has been running smoothly in your absence.
Know Your Rights
Once you confirm that you are pregnant, look into what staff insurance covers in the way of maternity leave. It might be worth scheduling an appointment with HR to discuss what you are eligible for. Also, look at the health aspect of your staff insurance to see what coverage for hospital and doctor’s visits entail.
Designate Tasks to Coworkers
As your due date comes closer, communicate with your coworkers what you will need help with while you are gone. Be open to questions. Ask your supervisor how to best divide the work between your team.
Organize your Workspace
Give in to your nesting instincts by giving your workspace a good thorough cleaning before you go on leave. Go through paperwork and any files you don’t need anymore, organize your desktop and clean everything with sanitizing wipes. Your area will ready for you to return.
Preparing for a new baby is an exciting time in your life. By readying your place of work for your absence, all you will need to worry about are late-night feedings and diaper changes.