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Managing Your Job in the Third Trimester

Why can’t maternity start before delivery? Good question. Until that law gets passed, you’ve got to manage both.  With more sleeplessness and that inevitable waddle, TGIF will have a new meaning. Here’s how’s to manage your job in the final stretch…

 


      

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Get Wobbly at Work?
Managing Your Job in the Third Trimester

Why
can’t maternity start before delivery? Good question. Until that law
gets passed, you’ve got to manage both.  With more sleeplessness and
that inevitable waddle, TGIF will have a new meaning. Here’s how’s to
manage your job in the final stretch…

 
 



Work
life is likely becoming more difficult. The interrupted sleep, the
commute, the difficulty of concentrating and remembering things, the
general discomfort and constant comments about your size and when you
will deliver—it can be more than any procreating human can bear. As
your maternity leave approaches, there may be added pressure from your
boss, coworkers or yourself to get matters organized, train other
staff, update files or take care of other things in preparation for
your absence. You may also feel tempted to leave on a high note—close
one last major deal, give one massive power presentation, snag one more
new account, or create another office innovation—anything to leave one
last impression of how valuable you are to the company.  Sure, you can
do these things, but don’t think of them as job guarantees. And if it’s
stressing you out, you are doing harm to your pregnancy. At the end of
the day, no matter what you do, you cannot control what happens in the
office while you’re gone. Your best defense is a good offense.

Write a playbook.
As early as possible put together a written job description, including
a calendar with daily, weekly, and monthly duties. Include a
step-by-step instruction guide, some helpful hints, along with client
and contact information. Schedule a meeting with your boss to review
all the preparations and plans for covering your duties. Offer work
coverage solutions such as cross-training coworkers, junior employees
or colleagues in another department. Think outside the box when
suggesting work coverage solutions—interns, temps or recently retired
employees who may still want to be active are all possibilities.

 

If
you’re concerned that you will deliver early or be put on bed rest,
write a condensed playbook focusing only on the most essential work
that must be handled during your leave. Tell your boss how you’ll get
these top priorities covered and skip over the rest.

 
The
bigger and wobblier you get, the more your boss will be wondering
whether you’ll ever return to work. Use this time to reassure him
constantly and emphasize the personal importance of your job. Speak
positively of the future, and make references to things you are looking
forward to (make them up if you have to!) when you return.
 
Even
if you’ve had a negative experience with your job and this pregnancy,
try not I kick over a few wastepaper baskets on the way out. Leave on
good terms. I know how some us can be if someone crosses us—but don’t
sabotage the office, it can be self-defeating in the long run.


Excerpted from The Mocha Manual to a Fabulous Pregnancy (Amistad / HarperCollins) by Kimberly Seals Allers.

     

 

 



      

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