I am grateful that I have the opportunity to return to work on a part-time basis after breast cancer surgery. This will allow me to get back into a familiar routine with the knowledge that I am currently in remission. Returning to your job might take a little getting used to. Here are some tips that might help you in the transition.
Talk to your supervisor before officially going back – Things change so quickly on our jobs. You may feel “out of the loop”. Set up a time to meet with your boss and discuss what role you will play upon your return. If you’ve been a good employee they will be glad to know that you are coming back and in good health. Good workers are often hard to find.
Adjust slowly – With the possibility of new policies and procedures being put in place, give yourself time to familiarize yourself with them. Contact your Human Resources Department for additional information if necessary.
Don’t get stressed out – A job is not worth stressing about especially if it interferes with your health. This will only lead to a setback and possibly more time off. Don’t let it happen to you.
Start off on a part-time basis – If you were working on a full-time basis you might consider working part-time to test the waters out for a few days. When you feel like you can handle a full day then go for it. Listen to your body.
Co-workers – There may be new people that have been put in place during your absence. Be cordial and pleasant with them since you’ll be working with them in some capacity.
Take on a different role – Businesses are not supposed to discriminate against you if you’ve been off for a long period of time due to an illness. However, while you may not be guaranteed that same job, they will often have a job waiting for you upon your return.
Thank the staff – Be sure to acknowledge acts of kindness, support and encouragement you may have received from people on your job. It could be in the form of a card or an oral acknowledgment of thanks.
You may initially feel like a fish out of water for a little while upon your return to work. But persevere while you make the adjustments. More importantly recognize that your better health will allow you to work again