Post # 1
With baby’s due date quickly approaching I’m not feeling quite as prepared as I would like when it comes to maternity leave plans. Did you send an email to co-workers prior to going out letting them know you’d be on leave? I have about 12-15 regular contacts many of who do not know I’m pregnant, that need to know who my contacts will be once I go out, should I just wait to include in my out of office or send an email stating I plan to go out soon? For those who put up out of office messages on email, did you expressly say you were on maternity leave or just extended leave? Technically there is no such thing as maternity leave within my company but I also feel weird about being so vague and not including a reason. Did you stay in contact with work while you were out? If I take max FMLA time off I will only have 2 weeks of it paid (using vacation time), 4 weeks at 1/2 pay using short term disability, and 6 weeks completely unpaid leave, it really irritates me to think of “working” in any capacity while not getting paid but I also don’t want to come back and feel completely lost with what’s going on and struggle to get back in the swing of things. Any advice on what you did prior to leaving? My job is pretty day to day focused, I have 5 people covering for me (in different areas) while I’m out so I think part of my concern is making sure everyone is prepared too!
Post # 2
cora_123: everyone on the planet knew I was pregnant. I included that I was on maternity leave, as well as who to contact for a variety things in my out of office.
My company disabled my login so I have been unable to check email since 12/20. It’s been amazing and I’m so glad this is their policy. I’ve been 100% focused on my son for the last 11 weeks. I called and asked to have my account reinstated next week so I have a few days to weed through.
This is such a special time, I would suggest really being on leave. Especially if you’re taking unpaid time. Things will move on without you and still be waiting when you go back. I just feel like I have such a short window to focus all of my attention on this guy, I’m going to really take advantage of it.
Post # 3
In my last two weeks before I left the office physically I was putting in my emails to people that I’d be leaving at months’ end on maternity leave and to communicate with my replacement. I’m now working remotely in a supportive role for my my replacement. There is an autoresponse saying I’m on maternity leave and the contact info for my replacement.
Since we have 1 year of maternity leave, I imagine staying connected a few months down the line.
Post # 4
cora_123: I work in a small office so everyone knew. Baby came 2 weeks early so I didn’t have time to let all my clients know and my return date is still TBD so I did put the reason for my absence in my ooo reply Along with who they should contact in my absence. Because I didn’t get to tie up all the loose ends at work I had planned on, I have been in touch quite a bit trying to help out where I can. Probably only doing 2-3 hours of work a week max Though. I’m not getting paid for it but I’m making sure my boss is aware so when annual review comes around he will remember that when it’s time for my raise!
Most people weren’t emailing my anymore and I asked them to please continue to cc me so I’m not completely out of the loop when I return. To each their own thoigh. You’re on leave so you’re allowed to be totally on leave and absent if that is what is best for you, so don’t feel bad about it!
Post # 5
cora_123: In a few weeks I am going to start adding in my e-mails that I will be on leave at some point just to give outside clients a heads up, but I won’t be sending a mass e-mail. Once I have the baby, my boss will get a pic, and that will be apparent enough because my place of work is always excited to share baby pics 🙂
I plan to stay home for 6 weeks. How FMLA works is your doctor decides whether it is ok your work contacts you at all during this time or if you can contact them regarding work, of course. Initially I was going to allow my workplace to reach out with questions, but honestly I’ve been getting so burnt out I am going to tell everyone that my 6 weeks is my 6 weeks, and I want them to myself and my baby.
After that I will go back 3 days a week at their choosing.