The first days back for someone who took leave to have a child / support their spouse in the days after giving birth can be very tricky if not handled properly. There are issues pertaining to the handing back of workload, sensitivity for new restrictions on time, separation anxiety issues that may be present, changes in the business while that person was away, etc. It’s therefore critical that we consider these and other factors and plan strategically for assimilating the returning employee back into the mix. A key bit of advice – ask vs. assume or anticipate. Don’t project what YOU think that person must be feeling on them. Instead get their feedback, input, and concerns.
David Lewis — AKA Mister HR