(Closed) Maternity Leave -Who is covering your work while you’re off?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m not in Canada and only have 12 weeks for maternity. But I do work in HR and for any leaves we hire temperary employees through local agencies. I work with the managers and figure out what the needs are and what aspects cannot be left uncovered. We then determine if a fully time or part time temporary replacement is best.

Can I ask why is matters who does you job? I would just voice that you don’t want your collegues to feel overworked and it’s ultimately your boss’ decision to decide if he wants to burden his employees with more tasks.

Post # 4
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I haven’t told my boss yet but I have a plan in place when I decide to tell him. I work for a smaller company  – like 60 people but there are only 2 in my department. I’ve been needing help recently anyway so i’ve been thinking about seeing if he wants to bring someone on internally to take over some of what i do that way she can help now but also take over my stuff when i take maternity leave (and even if i decide not to come back at all) I’m going to try and see if I can work from home after my maternity leave but i don’t know if he will go for it. I have several options to talk to him about. I’m pretty close with my boss so i’m pretty confident we will work something out that fit us both.

Post # 5
607 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m in the US so we only get about 3 months, but ideally we have a temp/contract person come in and cover the person who is out on leave. Some of the work inevitably does get redistributed among coworkers, but the bulk of it falls to the temp coverage. However, it doesn’t always work out, either we can’t find someone suitable, or they quit halfway through, or they just can’t handle the work, so it often does get split up among coworkers instead. It never goes as well and the person comes back from leave with a big back log (and this is only after 3 months!). 

Our colleagues in the UK, who get about a year off, usually have temp coverage as well– same deal in that they aren’t always the best or most qualified, but frequently the temp ends up getting hired after their mat coverage is up anyway.

Post # 6
6825 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

US here and I had my maternity leave last fall.  At where I work we have back up people who if we are out on vacation or what not do our job.

Post # 7
180 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am currently pregnant (in the US), but last year my project manager went on maternity leave and I took over about 90% of her responsibilities. I think it was a great opportunity for me to showcase my skills to the company and gain some more responsiblity while she was out for 4 months. So I guess i’m speaking for the people “below” you and often we appreciate the chance to take on more responsibilty. In my experience that is one of the best (or only) ways to really work your way up in a company – to fill someone’s shows when they are no longer there (for whatever the reason may be).

Post # 10
1675 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Where I work it is very much standard to hire someone to cover the full duration of the mat leave.

When I eventually get KU and take a mat leave, someone will be hired for 11-13 months (however long I decide to take) to cover my position and will be fully trained in my role. It’s also a great way for younger employees to gain experience (speaking from personal experience..I covered 3 mat leaves before getting full-time permanent employment!).

I can’t really understand how they could divy your job up. Presumably, the people who would be covering you already have work that takes up all their time…how are they supposed to take on more? I totally agree that it’s better to have one person who can attend fully to all aspects of your job, rather than a couple people who already have full-time positions and simply may not have the time to dedicate to your position to ensure the work gets done fully and properly.

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