Having a baby is a life-changing event. Going back to work afterwards can also be a difficult challenge and pose its distinct challenges. Having a baby can bring out a huge shift in priorities and your daily routines as well as activities. As such, in this article, we’ll be looking at some tips on how you can ease back into work after having a baby.
The journey of navigating your work life after having a baby can be made a lot easier through some simple readjustments to your lifestyle. Additionally, you may want to consider connecting with others who have been in a similar situation to seek out what advice they may have to share too 🙂
Word of advice
As an individual who is looking to get hired in Singapore, it is important to ensure that you are abiding by the rules and regulations as stipulated by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) when working locally. There are certain factors you will need to consider when making such a decision.
Some of these factors include the Central Provident Fund contributions, applying for specific pass types for different categories of employees and your daily/weekly working hour limits.
If you ever find yourself in doubt on the topic, feel free to contact the customer service staff at MOM. You can do so either over an email or a phone enquiry to have your questions answered.
Better to be safe than sorry, after all! Lest the slight negligence costs you or your company its license to operate/work in the country!
If everything is looking good, let’s jump right into the piece!
Tip 1: Set your boundaries
The first way to help you ease back into work after having a baby is by setting clear boundaries for yourself and others. Identify when you will be working at the office, working from home and not working at all.
Share your availability with your team members so that they know when they can and cannot reach you. Prevent the blurring of your schedules at work and at home.
This will better allow you to set aside time for your baby and work. If you will be working from home, separate your work space away from your family. Keep your work-related items – laptops, phones, calendars, notes, etc in a separate room entirely.
This will better enable you to disconnect from work to reconnect with your child easily.
Tip 2: Build trust in your childcare
It may not be as easy for you to ease back into work after having a baby if you have not built trust in your childcare yet. However, if you have done so, you’ll be much more relaxed and comfortable when you are back at work.
As such, start trying to establish trust and distance with whomever you choose to take care of your baby when you cannot. If you have hired a nanny, try to arrange some time with them before you have to get back to work.
This will enable you to get used to how things will be like when you officially join back at work. It can also give you some extra time to connect with the nanny and put in place alternative plans to check in with each other.
If you’re seeking help from your parents, reassure yourself that they will know best. After all, they’ve been parents for a long while themselves 😉
Tip 3: Give yourself some time too 🙂
Sure, you have laid out plans as to how you will be distributing your time between work and your baby. However, the best way to ease back into work after having a baby is by giving yourself some time too.
In the beginning, it may seem impossible for you to set aside some time to yourself. Call for some help and make sure you get to carve out some time for yourself too.
Taking a break to check in with yourself is one way you will be responsible for your own mental health and body. It is crucial that you learn to look after yourself so that you can be there for your baby too.
Call on your partner or loved ones to take care of your baby while you go for a stroll in the park. Disconnect to recharge and that’s one way to ease back into work after having a baby 🙂
And there you have it – a piece on how to ease back into work after having a baby. With this compiled list of 3 tips, we hope you will be better able to juggle your responsibilities at work and at home!
We hope this article has helped to provide you with some new information as to how you may take better care of yourself amidst it all too 🙂 Wishing you the best of luck!
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