What Is Maternity Leave?
Maternity leave is a grant given by a company to its female employees who just had given birth. In the Philippines, the Republic Act No. 11210 or the 105-Day Expanded Maternity Leave Law was approved to give additional days to qualified employees for them to recover and take care of their newborn.
Working pregnant women can apply for this grant, preferably 30 days before her delivery date. The maternity leave gives 105 days of paid leave to eligible staff as well as an additional 15 days for workers who are a solo parent.
In addition, female workers can also request for an additional 30 days leave without pay if ever they need more time to recuperate. All they need to do is to inform their employer, in black and white, 45 days before their maternity leave ends.
How to Prepare for the End of Maternity Leave
Going back to work after about 3 months of rest can be emotional, exciting, nerve-wracking, and overwhelming. To have a successful transition, you must be open to the fact that there will be a lot of changes you need to go through since you’re not just a full-time employee, but a full-time mom as well.
That is why it is best if you plan ahead, instead of cramming a day before going back to work. Preparing yourself and your baby a week or two before going back to work will not just help you enjoy the last bits of your downtime, but it can also ease your stress and worries.
What to Do
Here are some tips on how to prepare for the end of maternity leave and be ready to get back to work.
Don’t be too Hard on Yourself
There are a lot of new challenges you need to face once you get back to work. That is why it is best if you don’t stress yourself too much as it can negatively affect your productivity and motivation once you return to duty.