Workflexi.in Partners With Kaptco

Kaptco Inception

We had this amazing opportunity to meet up with Kaptco Talent Solutions, a leading contract staffing company in Bangalore today.

Kaptco was founded by Karthikeyan Murugan in the summer of 2010. Although they started off as a company catering to BPO’s, they quickly figured their niche in the telecom products/solutions startup industry. They leveraged their core strengths in this niche and helped at least 4 telecom product/solutions startups scale up to 200-300 people companies.

The learning from that success is was recognizing one’s niche and sticking to it is the go-to thing in today’s world. It is true for individuals as well as organizations. Truth be told, contracting in India is still not matured and contract jobs are still frowned upon. Being mindful about contracting in India and sustaining a business in cut-throat competition is an art by itself.

Kaptco Ideology

Startups typically have limited bootstrapped budgets before getting funding. Thus, hiring the right resources is one of the key challenges any startup faces. That is where Kaptco adds value to businesses. They have a streamlined process of identifying key talent and training them to match business requirements.

Workflexi partnered with Kaptco in the capacity of providing resources on contract who are immediate joiners and qualified, validated job seekers.

Conclusion

Staffing is a zero-sum game, it has to be fast and maintain quality. Clients expect speed, quality and price. Successful vendors/partners like Kaptco help strike the right balance and thereby add a little extra to the seemingly ordinary job of hiring.

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How to combat fatigue at the workplace

Fatigue or being low on energy all the time could be a medical problem. However, if it’s not, then it’s all about using more energy than you have. Sounds sheer common sense? Yes, but when has it been commonly used? Therefore, here are life hacks to fix fatigue at the workplace to maximise productivity and help you bridge the demand and supply gap in energy levels.

Watch your diet

What you eat is who you are. Therefore, avoid food rich in carbs because that’s usually the reason for low energy. If you are able to balance your diet or stick to whole foods and avoid processed food, you could have all the energy you need at work and outside. This is usually plain common sense, but it depends on the individual requirements and energy usage. Therefore, you have to find the sweet spot that works for you and replenish your energy reserves to balance the energy deficit in your body.

Water, water, nowhere

Sometimes, all you need is just some water to combat the low levels of energy. Therefore, hydrate yourself well if you feel low on energy and you should be good to go. And remember, to take water in sips and avoid gulping it down. That’s not the way to quench your thirst. It should be slow and steady.

Breathe well, meditate

When you are stressed, the first casualty is usually the lungs. They receive less energy and your mood goes for a toss as you experience shortness of breath and feel tired. That’s when you should go for this easy-to-use hack that works like magic. Just take a few long breaths and you should be okay. Deep breathing is the best way to combat stress and tackle fatigue and the feeling of tiredness. Similarly, some mindfulness exercises and meditation will work well. By this we mean, eating food without thinking of anything else. Taking a Pomodoro break every five minutes for every half an hour or one hour. Closing your eyes and listening to soothing instrumental tunes. Or anything else that immediately destresses you. Take care of your stress and energy levels and you can take care of your professional and personal life.

Step out for a breath of fresh air

Simple hacks have far better ways to relieve you of stress, fatigue and low energy levels. Just step out of your office and take a walk around the city block or around your workspace building. Just a slow walk works wonders. And if there’s a park, step inside the green environs and breathe fresh air. Even if you are just sitting on the park bench and not really walking around, it will do you enough good to replenish your energy levels and bring excitement into your life. Spending time with nature has known health benefits, the biggest of them being the ability to boost your immunity levels.

And finally…

Most modern-day practices are impacting our health, mood swings and stress levels. If we closely watch what we do, we should pinpoint the exact reasons why we are low on energy. The moment you realise who or what they are, you can either prioritise your daily to-do list and weed out the unnecessary and energy-draining activities or just take an afternoon nap of just 5-10 minutes. Just put your head on your work desk and lie down without any interruption and you should be sufficiently recharged for the next four hours. Once you investigate your current practices, you will realise that a sound approach is one where we modify the way we work and live. And that just takes a little of bit of common sense. However, for that to happen, you need some ‘me-time’, which is something only a walk in the lap of nature will give you. Therefore, it’s time to shut your mind out to the outside and look within. Picture yourself at the happiest moment in your life or a place you want to be in the hills, by the river or a cosy cottage. It works like magic.

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How to get the next contract job after losing one

Company restructuring, business failures, cost cutting and performance issues are some of the reasons that result in job losses. Once you are asked to stop coming to work, you realise that you also lose your daily routine and a steady salary, making you a nervous wreck. However, instead of sorting out the issue at hand, you end up wallowing in pity, watching TV ad infinitum and sinning on sweets and ice creams like there is no tomorrow. Follow these tips and you should never become a homebody again, at least not for months at a stretch.

 

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SHARE YOUR SORROW

Many of us are so ashamed of the job loss, no matter the reason, that we forget to share it with people we meet. That is the biggest mistake. If you assess your previous jobs, you realize that perhaps the workplace was not really a good fit for you, or you were not given what you were capable of. And this job loss was a blessing in disguise. This should be your line of thinking as it cuts through to the core of the problem: your strengths and how the next company can benefit from your skills. Once you have this figured out, sharing your plight becomes that much easier. Instead of bitching about the sad state of affairs in your company, you could tell anyone who bothered to ask about your job status that you lost your job, and now you want to do something in a particular arena to go up the ladder. This usually gets you the assistance you really need rather than just someone sharing their handkerchiefs or paper towels at the dinner party. This sharing should happen with the other friends who have lost their jobs too. If it’s a company restructuring, usually there are many more people who lose their jobs. In such circumstances, all of you can weep on each other’s shoulders and formulate a strategy to survive this one. Care and share, as it always works.

 

DON’T SPLURGE

Saving is earning, and this becomes more pertinent when you have no monthly retainer to turn to. Cut down on eating out, entertainment, unnecessary shopping, dial down your internet and cable TV plans, and perhaps even cancel your Netflix subscription to prevent yourself from binge-watching. Instead, cook like you’ve never cooked before. Go for a walk in the neighborhood park instead of using a personal trainer and be happy with your current smartphone instead of going for the latest and greatest. In addition to substantial savings, what this actually does is inconvenience you to such an extent that it will goad you to get a job now instead of wallowing in pity and feeling hopeless.

 

UPSKILL YOURSELF

If you look at it the other way around, job losses have their merits. For one, you can take a break and have some me-time which you never did for all those years you were married to your job. Just make sure you don’t overdo your vacations or resting time. Once you’ve tuned in to reality after the much-required break, what do you do? Look around to do what you have always loved to do but couldn’t for want of time. It could be a course you needed to take to upskill yourself. This will not only get you into the groove but also put you in the learning state of mind where anything becomes possible.

 

RATIONALISE YOUR LOSS

You cannot escape from the inevitable question of why you lost your job. Here is where you need to view at the query objectively and answer it sincerely. However, try to be positive in whatever you have to say, because just passing the buck will not be appreciated by anybody. And you should never burn your bridges by antagonizing your previous company. You never know how they could help you later in life. Once you have your answer figured out, ensure that it’s a professional and not an emotional response. Your recruiter will appreciate you for your rank honesty and straight from the heart talk. If you are feeling pessimistic or queasy about this question, think about answering this question: What positive lessons have your learnt from your previous job and what can you do better in your next job. If you can answer this thoughtfully and sincerely, you might excel at your next job interview. Good luck.

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Bench insecurity? BPS shows the way!

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Contract jobs are traditionally considered “insecure”. However, how about getting a job at a top tech firm and being put on the ‘bench’ from day one? What if this wait stretches on for more than two weeks? Ofcourse, you are wiling away your time learning new courses and getting into training modules, but then, those won’t be of any use without real-world knowledge. Like how will you work in a team? How will you meet a project deadline? Or how you will get your subordinates to work for you. And importantly, how will you create a product and bring it to market? These experiential insights can never be learnt in any course, which is why your resume will always remain blank. If this is frustrating you no end, perhaps you should get off the bench and sign up with Workflexi.(BPS)

 

What we do here is to get you a fixed term contract job. About 10% get rolled off before or after their contract expires, for various reasons. That means you are out of a contract job even before you have secured your next contract. If you happen to be one of those unfortunate ones, Workflexi will give you one month’s minimum basic pay, so you can either look for a job in the meanwhile (which we will also do), or chase your passion, take a break and come back again with renewed vigour with an all-new job in an all-new project, company or career path.

 

We call this the Basic Pay System or BPS in short. It’s meant to safeguard people who get fired (usually at a 24-hour notice). Agreed, it’s the industry standard and no one can argue for or against it. But it’s depressing news for any person who is handed the pink slip out of the blue. Looking at such a scenario, we came up with BPS. What this means is that whoever signs up with us not only gets a contract job, but their employer can also put them on the BPS scheme and safeguard their contract job. Once they complete atleast six months of employment with the ​company they are pay-rolled with, they automatically become eligible for claiming the basic pay.

 

The ‘bench’ is really going out of style. Who wants to drill holes in a resume and get depressed at the same time. Instead, it’s best to step out and walk into a fixed term contract job that sometimes even offers a better pay than a full-time ​job, depending on your calibre. Therefore, we would advice every jobseeker to get out of this ‘permanent job is the best security’ mindset and embrace a contract job that actually offers much more freedom and the best way to strike that largely elusive work-life balance. Imagine being stuck to a job you don’t like but you are peddling away because you are afraid you will not get a better job or a better pay. It’s this fear of insecurity that compels you to stay in an unhappy job. What’s more, some companies pay you more but also drain you the fastest. Your age begins to show and you think of retiring at 30, when your contract worker counterparts are thinking of staying on till 60. Welcome to the world of permanent jobs. If you don’t like the sight and sound of it, step out of that mindset now, and embrace the future of work: flexi jobs.

 

At Workflexi, we offer all of that and more. In your free time, you could pursue your passions. It could be a crash course in blockchain, crypto currency or AI, or become an adjunct faculty member at a reputable institute or go on a mountain climbing expedition to Ladakh or a cycling trip to Coorg. The world is indeed the limit when you set your sights on finding that effective work-life balance. We are not the usual recruitment agency you will find at every corner. We are your custom lifestyle managers. You decide what you want and we will deliver it to you. It’s that simple. Welcome to Workflexi. Welcome to a whole new world

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6 reasons why contract staffing is better than a ‘bench’

Freshers and seniors make up the ‘bench’. This is a term that indicates employees who are not on any project anytime. They are idling away their time by staying at home, or just swiping in and out of work, or signing up for training and doing courses on Udemy, Coursera and so on. The churn period between being put on a bench and getting deployed on a project can vary from two weeks to even six months or more. The worst part is that out of every ten employees on a bench, one gets fired. In such a scenario, we list why contract or flexi staffing is way better than having a bench for a company. These very reasons should also prompt the bench warmers to sign up with Workflexi for a fixed-term contract job that will make effective use of their time and fill that crucial time gap in their resume.

ZERO BENCH

Companies spend much money in keeping employees on the ‘bench’. They keep giving them a basic salary, and even spend on upskilling or reskilling them. Some of their sales force is deployed to look out for jobs for them. Statistics reveal that big companies like Infosys have nearly 17% of their employees on the bench. That’s nearly 8500 of their total staff strength. And which employee wants to be on the bench the first day of their job? Here is where hiring contract workers resolves all these issues and keeps both the parties happy. The companies don’t have to spend on their bench-warmers and those on the bench can fill the blanks on their resume by being productive at jobs right away. Think of contract staffing as a virtual ‘just-in-time’ bench where there are employees when you need them.

FIRE-PROOF

Workflexi’s ‘basic payment system’ (BPS) takes care of the contract workers who worry about losing their job even before their contract gets over. Statistics reveal that 10% of the employees are asked to go on or before their term ends for various reasons. Here is where enrolling with Workflexi helps. We provide a basic minimum pay for one month (if you’ve worked for a minimum of six months), so you can look for a job, sign up for that certification course you always wanted to but didn’t have the time or just reboot, restart and unwind.

NO REVENUE LEAKAGE

When there are no employees on the bench, there is no revenue leakage of hiring and retraining or upskilling them. Importantly, the workers don’t get bored or feel helpless that their resume is empty. They are being put to use where it matters while the company can focus on its work instead of worrying about hiring and firing.

UTILIZATION RATES

In their annual reports, top IT companies in India have clearly indicated that high employee utilization rates boost productivity and operating margins. With a negligible bench, that margin is only going to shoot up. With most big companies recording 15-20% benches, that is a clear gain in revenues.

MISMATCHED SKILLS

Most employees sit on the bench because their skills don’t match the company’s requirements. This can be because you are a fresher from college or because you fudged your resume or because automation and other new technologies are rendering people jobless, prompting companies to retrain them.

UNCERTAINTY

When you are on the bench doing nothing but getting trained on things that you might or might use in the near future, employees not only get bored but also feel uncertain about their place in the company. Job insecurity hits them hard when the churn period stretches on endlessly. That is the time they realize that the company is not worried about their career growth. With contract staffing and Workflexi’s Basic Pay System, not only is this insecurity taken care of but also puts them at a bargaining position. Some contract employees even get paid 20% more than the regular workers, depending on their expertise and experience. In such a scenario, they are in the driver’s seat who get to choose the companies they want to work with and the projects they prefer. In addition, they get to strike the right work-life balance. They can take on only what they want rather than what they are given by companies if they were full-time employees. They can take breaks between jobs and pursue their various passions or just unwind and get back to work a month later.

AND FINALLY…

In this new world of automation, leave the problem solving to the machines. Focus on problem finding. Bench is a problem and Workflexi is your solution. So what are you waiting for? If you are a bench-warmer or a Company, sign up with us now and say goodbye to the ‘bench’.

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5 ways to become the best company to work for

People make organisations and not the other way around. A firm that takes care of its employees will not only insulate itself from attrition but also rake in the moolah. When the employee morale is high and they are inspired on a consistent basis to do better than yesterday, a company’s revenues can only go north. Without further ado, here are ways to make your workplace the best it can be. If you are looking for a job, here are ways to find if it’s just what you needed to grow in your career.Company

STOP OVERCLOCKING

If you have an Android phone, you can overclock the processor and it will become much faster at the expense of your battery life. What’s more, it could get heated more quickly. Something’s got to give. Similarly, at the workplace, if you make people work overtime without proper compensation or work environment, they could quit or fall sick all the time. An employer who cares to ensure this doesn’t happen will reap the benefits of looking after their workforce. It could be as simple as providing adjustable standing/sitting tables, so people don’t mess up their backs. Or snooze rooms to catch their forty winks. Or be allowed to take as many breaks possible, so long as they are meeting their deadlines and doing their job well. Similarly, instead of boardroom meetings, you could go around campus and engage in talks. Companies can provide bonuses to employees who complete certain health challenges or have an in-house physiotherapist whose only job is to fix the aches and pains of the employees engaged in sedentary activities. Of course, who doesn’t need ergonomic chairs, keyboards and mice?

BELONGINGNESS

Just creating a fantastic-sounding vision and core values is not it. A company has to walk the fancy talk. That translates to allowing every employee, no matter the designation or seniority, to suggest things for improvement. Importantly, there should be a screening committee whose only job is to look at these complaints, suggestions and feedback and act on them. Since employees are closer to the job they do, they are also the best people to tell the company how that work can be done better. Not only will this make the employees happier but also make the firm more productive and importantly, more human. Want to know where employees love to work the most? Forbes has one such list.

ACCOUNTABILITY

No information in the company should be beyond a person’s pay grade. That’s real transparency and accountability. When the employees learn why the company is behaving in a certain way, they are able to figure out the process more humanely and put their heart and soul into it and make it work as they now share a common goal: to drive business productivity. When each department is functioning independent of each other, there is no shared vision, and employees who have nothing in common can never be driven to do better. They get plain bored and leave.

OWNERSHIP

When an employee is good and wants to get better, the company should ask them to own the department and run it their way. If the person takes it up, it shows that the company not only trusts them but also allows the spirit of innovation and decentralized power. Importantly, the firm is turning an employee into a business partner who is showing signs of an entrepreneur. Tomorrow, that same person could quit the company and become a raw material supplier for the organisation he worked for. And the firm is much happy to deal with them rather than a new or even a far more accomplished supplier because they know what their former employee can deliver. This is how companies can encourage entrepreneurship.  For those who have it in them, the organisations should give them a free rein, so they can do more, and be more.

BALANCE WORK AND LIFE

Work is worship, but don’t let that make you sacrifice your time and that of your family’s. Balancing work and life can go a long way in ensuring peaceful existence. Take up a hobby. Pursue your other passions. Get a contract job fromWork Flexi. With a fixed term contract, you get to do what you want and take a month’s break after completing your term. The best part? Work Flexi will pay you one month’s basic salary, so you can rewind, reboot and restart your next job or pursue one of your many passions. That’s real work-life balance.

Welcome home. Welcome to work flexing.

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When should you gladly accept a job offer?

If you are the best man for the job, you will be snowed under offers. Should you go for the company that offer offers you the best pay package? Or the best work environment or a generous mix of both? Things are actually not that simple, because each of the companies offering these packages could be hiding behind a vicious work environment. Therefore, think holistic and proceed with caution by following the tips given below:

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Observation

If you are really keen on joining a company but have one niggling doubt about its work culture, it’s best to do some sleuthing before accepting that offer letter. Just park yourself outside the office building just before office hours. Notice the body language, the talk and the urgency with which employees do things or say something. Observe them at the end of the day and watch out for their facial expressions. They will either sport happy faces or relieved faces who prefer the comfort of their home. However, you can’t make a conclusive decision just based on this, so read on, to see if your assumption adds up.

 

Be candid

Sometimes, particularly if you are a prized candidate, it helps to be more candid and in-your-face. If the company trying to woo you finalises your candidacy, ask the HR person for examples that are the best testimony for their core brand values. If they share some heartwarming stories without any hesitation and with much passion, you know they are standing by their ideals. Tick that checkbox.

 

Endorsement from past employees

LinkedIn is the best tool to ask old employees who served in a similar capacity that you are going to occupy. Their experience will not just be about the work but also regarding the culture, the subordinates and the superiors who made all the difference, for better or worse.

 

Peak in

One walk through the office will give you some indications on their work culture too. Ask for an office tour; they will not deny that to a potential recruit. If you see spaces with people collaborating furiously or largely absent from desks or completely immersed in their work, every scenario gives off a certain vibe. Feel it and judge if it’s positive or negative. For example, if there are too many personal items on a person’s work desk, it could mean that this employee is either a long-time worker or plans to stick around for long. It shows that they like their job or they have no other option but to stick to this job.

 

Lunchtime is the best time

Sometimes, it’s best to check out the office during lunchtime. You could observe all the clues outlined above and this one. See if the employees are happily chatting each other up or are they working and eating at the same time. If it’s an isolated case of eating at the workdesk, don’t bother. But if you spot too many people indulging in this, it talks of a certain unhealthy pattern where the company loves workaholics without giving them enough time to feed themselves. What’s worse is a company that does not allow people to talk to people from other departments or mandates that each employee eat at their workdesk only.

 

Go to the loo

Yes, but not to help you arrive at a decision of accepting or rejecting the job offer but to look for more cues. If the toilet is clean and tidy, with enough toilet paper, it indicates an organised workspace. If it’s the reverse, you wouldn’t want to work here.

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Are you manager material?

Sometimes, a few people like to remain followers while they let others to rule over them. Even the best minds need supervisors who can bring out the best in them. However, there comes a time for promotion where you have to leave your field job and get stuck to your chair. Or better still, stop working and start managing. Are you that manager? Here are four ways to find out if you can step into the shoes of a leader.

 

Are you a teacher?

You’ve been at the grind for far too long to know everything about it. Which is why, people come to you with questions. If you like answering them with relish, you are just what the HR personnel ordered. You are manager material. On the other hand, if you feel that people are throwing a spanner in the works every time you decide to tick off things on your to-do-list, you might reconsider that offer of a manager’s post. Perhaps, you are better off as a follower of the herd.

 

Learn to trust others

If you have a penchant for perfection and realise that no one measures up to it, you will end up micro managing everyone if you become the manager. Usually, this is frowned upon. It shows that you don’t trust your subordinates, and they will, in turn, not trust you. Two, you like to control everything and will not allow them to learn on the job. You should give your juniors some leeway to err and learn, rather than always try to make them stick to your style of working. Everyone should be only responsible for the end result, not how they get to that destination. If you can lose control over them and still make them meet their deadlines and be just as qualitative, you’ve got a team you can lead with pride.

 

Groups should excite you

By that, we don’t mean being extrovert. We meant a team member who likes to hear out everyone on what they have to say about a problem or challenge you are facing at work. If you like brainstorming sessions and endless strategy meetings, you are manager material, because you appear to thrive in others’ company. That’s what a manager’s job is all about. Everything you does away from the seat is more important than what you do at your work desk.

 

Celebrate your team members’ wins

If you find yourself squirming every time any team member wins a new contract or does something laudable, you are definitely not manager material. In a team, if you are the senior most person and you love it if someone younger to you has done something great at work, you are the doting manager they need. All a manager needs is empathy and sympathy to do his job well. And for that to happen, you need to have a paternal instinct, who can only celebrate others’ wins and feel part of their story. That’s when you can say for sure that you are leadership material as you consider your juniors your budding students who need all the encouragement they need to advance in their careers. Step up. Take your managerial job. And if you’ve not been offered one, it’s time to change jobs and get to that position in a different firm. It’s time.

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3 Ways To Be More Productive During Flexi Hours

Flexi hours might be the new world order, however, they come with their own set of drawbacks. To begin with, you will be distracted more than ever since all tasks scream for your attention, personal and professional. In addition, you are drawn to those things that appeal to you more than those that need urgent fixing.

 

There is help at hand, though. Just follow these productivity-enhancing tips and you should be able to succeed during flexi working hours.

 

Set your goals

Putting off work by another day, or worse, over the weekend, can be the biggest stumbling block for you. The negative appeal of flexi timing is procrastination. There are surveys that say that 90% of people put off work at least once every single day.

 

To beat postponement, you need to set your daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals. If that is too far-fetched, just go by weekly scheduling. And remember your ultimate goal. Whenever you think of pushing back certain types of work, ask yourself if it’s taking you towards your weekly or monthly goal or creating hurdles in your career path. If it’s not, then it’s time to get down to work. come what may.

 

Continuous two-way communication

Just because you are not tied to the company physically doesn’t mean you are not free to communicate with them about work. You have to maintain communication with your office through text messages, emails, phone calls (even video calls) to keep up your rapport with colleagues and superiors.

 

Importantly, when you are tackling a personal emergency, please inform them, so they know that you are not reachable around this time, or just to maintain the personal touch that is missing with ‘work from home’ or ‘part-time’ jobs.

 

Schedule your day

Flexi working hours only mean that you can work whenever you want. However, that sentence needs to be rewired into your brain. Flexi hours doesn’t mean postponing work for tomorrow. You have to set your daily work schedule, be it working only in the mornings, or only in the evenings. But set it and stick to it. Develop an office routine and abide by the rules of working.

 

Consider working at home as working from office. The only difference is that you are working when it’s most convenient to you and you are avoiding all the traffic and commuting time. However, whether you are working on your own, or remotely for others, you are still working for somebody at the other end. And there are deadlines for everything. Instead of accumulating all the work on one day, by postponing continuously, you should set down a strict protocol to only postpone if it’s way before schedule. For everything else, the deadline is now.

 

Similarly, don’t keep working at it, blurring the line between personal and professional time. This causes much rift in families, with spouses and children complaining that you are not sparing enough time for them. Make sure, you strike the right work-life balance. One hack here could be dressing formally when you begin to work. It plays on your psyche and has its effect, according to some cognitive scientists. Experiment, discover and become more productive. Your time starts now.

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6 ways to excel as a working mother

Motherhood is the most wonderful gift that a working woman can ever wish for. However, getting back to work after maternity leave can be quite stressful. But these tips should get you to work out a plan that works just right for you.

 

Develop a relaxing routine

Twenty-four hours is not enough for minding your baby and going to work. However, some careful planning can help you get out of this squeeze. Daily baths before going to bed are perfect for a good night’s sleep and starting your next day with a flourish. Taking walks at night after your dinner are best to give you a breather from work and home. Blogging about your motherhood and work-life balance, either privately or publicly, could work wonders too. You might create a community of others who are going through the same situation. You could even join social media groups of parents and working moms to step into familiar territory to learn, imbibe and grow as a working mom.

 

Beat the morning rush

The way to do this is to plan well in advance and expect the expected. Yes, you read that right. Managing your baby’s growing years means the feeding pattern (from liquids to solids, for example) will change and thereby, the time required for it. Similarly, the throwing up while eating might decrease over time, but when the teeth begin to sprout, the vomiting will be back. Load up on wipes and diapers for every contingency. If you plan for what is to be expected, you should be able to go to sleep early, so you can wake up early. The rest of the morning routine should happen almost like clockwork: getting ready to work, having a quick breakfast, packing your office bag and stepping out to work.

 

Get to know your colleagues

Yes, you’ve known them for years now, but what you don’t know is what you missed in your 12 weeks of maternity leave. Telling them about your state of motherhood might not impress them much unless there are others who are battling the same situation. For everyone else, you could ask them what they were up to while you were gone. This will help you break the ice with them after the three-month gap but also get you up to speed with all things new at the workplace.

 

Speak to your supervisor

It’s important to understand your concerns at work and list them down before meeting your manager. Like taking leave without notice when your baby falls sick, or you taking a course to upgrade your skills. Or talking about what each of you have missed in your personal lives while you were gone, presuming that you have such a friendly rapport with your manager. Importantly, ask your superior if there is something you need to learn, inspect or watch out for to get you to do your work more efficiently.

 

Re-imagine your role at work

When you take a break from work for three months, your priorities could change. You realise you have less time for routine work and more time for specialised jobs that you are uniquely qualified for. Perhaps, you wonder if it’s time to work from home rather than go to work. Or better still, you realise that it’s best to work as a consultant for many firms rather than just one. Therefore, before you decide to rejoin your workplace, ponder over all of this and then decide to take the next step. Well thought is half done.

 

Plan with precision

It’s time to use those to-do lists on your smartphone or the post-its, if you like. Or a diary, if you still believe putting pen to paper to solidify your daily itinerary. Schedule your doctor visits (it will be monthly or even fortnightly at first and later, quarterly) in addition to picking and dropping your baby at day care, if you don’t have your mother or nanny at home. Not to mention, your breastfeeding or more specifically, your pumping sessions. You need to store your milk in a bottle to be given to the baby by the nanny at the daycare or at home if you have someone to look after your baby.