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Returning to Work After a Lengthy Medical Leave

move your career forward after a lengthy medical leaveReturning to work after a lengthy medical leave is among the most difficult and often complicated transitions in the life of an employee.

To overcome all the obstacles it may present along the way, you need to create an efficient plan that will help you move your career forward after a lengthy medical leave.

Experts believe that by creating an advanced and more comprehensive plan before returning to work, you will be able to better focus on the things that can help you to adjust to your workplace and, thereby, have a better shot for career advancement.

Before Your Leave to Begin a Medical Leave

Discuss the details of you medical leave with your supervisors to define clear expectations. Because of the Family and Medical Act, there is an allowance that is often referred to as ‘intermittent leave’ which is designed to help employees on medical or family leave have an easy and flexible way of returning to the workforce. Expect to face challenges once you return. You may need to brush up on your skills or adapt to a new system since you’ve been away.

While on Medical Leave from Work

While you are on medical leave, engage in various light activities that will help you to safely further develop. This will allow you to keep up with your professional interests and career aspirations while reducing the risk of succumbing to lethargy due to temporary unemployment. This process can also help you maintain your functional skills and industry knowledge. With updated experiences and skills, you can even increase your chances for career advancement. Particularly when your superiors see that you have not neglected your professional development while off on medical leave.

This process can also help you maintain your functional skills and industry knowledge. With updated experiences and skills, you can even increase your chances for career advancement. Particularly when your superiors see that you have not neglected your professional development while off on medical leave.

Don’t Fall Behind on Relevant Technology Developments

It is also important for you to keep up with the current technological developments, especially if you will be away for a long period of time. If you fall behind, it can become a huge barrier for you when you return to the workforce. While at home, research various office applications and the latest technological innovations.

Stay connected with your work colleagues, if possible. This will keep you up to date with the latest news about your work place. This way, when you return to work; you will not have a hard time coping with the changes implemented while you were away.

What other tips can you think of for getting through a medical leave? Comment and share below! If you need the help of a career coach, reach out to Candace today.

If you need the help of a career coach, reach out to Candace today.

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