Mothers who have the wherewithal to take time away from the workforce beyond allowable maternity leave often are uncomfortable when going back to work. Whether it’s a new employer or the one left just before the birth of the baby, there are common fears almost every woman faces. If you are thinking of returning to work, you may be experiencing some of these worries. Here are 4 of the most common and a suggestion or two on how to combat that fear.
1. Peer Animosity
With so many two-parent working families, it’s sad to say that some mothers are resentful of others who were able to take an extended leave. Although they may not even recognise what they are doing, their demeanour when engaging with returning mothers shows that they are, indeed, resentful. This is most common at jobs where mums are going back to work for the ‘old’ employer. Perhaps it’s because you were able to take that extra time with your kids when they were little or maybe they are afraid that your experience will put them back a step or two on their progression through the ranks. There really isn’t much you can do in a situation like this except to be polite and respectful of their feelings.
2. Tell-Tale Signs of Skin Beginning to Age
Some women show signs of aging much earlier than others and if you fear that your skin is showing signs of premature aging, you don’t want to feel like the old duck out on the pond. You may already be facing the fear of animosity among some of the younger employees who don’t understand how you were so easily able to re-enter the workforce after an extended leave. It may be your perception and they actually display signs of enmity. One way to prevent that may be to treat yourself to something special before going back on the job for the first day. Why not treat yourself to something like:
- Dermal filler wrinkle treatments
- Tear trough fillers
- Lip fillers
- Hand dermal fillers
These can all be found at the City Skin Clinic in London where there are specialists who can give you back your youthful appearance prior to the first day on the job. You may be wondering why they offer hand dermal fillers at City Skin Clinic and if you’ve ever raised a child, you know that your hands are often in water as much as they are dry. There’s always something to wash with kids in the house and so those fillers can make your hands resemble those of a twenty-year-old.
3. Advances in Technology
Finally, you may be afraid that technology in your field has advanced beyond what you will be able to comprehend. While this may be the case, your boss will understand your hiatus in terms of advances in technology and will either put you on a job that will not require those skills until you have had time to learn them or will offer to pay online courses to catch you up to speed – literally as well as figuratively.
Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back
To reassure you that it is often fear itself that is adding to your stress, let’s borrow a few words from the inaugural address of the 32nd president of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, when he said, “There is nothing to fear but fear itself.”
If you’ve faced a room full of unruly children, you surely can face a workplace with a handful of naysayers and a bit of advanced technology! You go, girl!