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Returning to work

The process of returning to work and the extent to which contact is maintained during and after parental leave, caregiver leave, or special leave should be tailored to individual needs. This overview helps employees and senior employees to approach situations depending on the specific requirements and allows for individual planning.

1. Before parental leave, caregiver leave, or special leave

  • The employee informs their boss of their intention to take leave.
  • Schedule a planning meeting between the employee and their boss (this meeting should take place no later than 4 months before the period of leave is due to begin).
  • For special leave and caregiver leave, it is often impossible to plan in advance. In such cases, the planning meeting should take place as soon as possible to ensure a successful return to work.
  • Use the quick guide provided for the planning meeting (available from BfC).

2. During parental leave, caregiver leave, or special leave

Stay in contact (especially if the period of leave is longer than 6 months); there are a number of different ways of doing so:

  • Regular meetings between the employee and their boss
  • Option of working part-time
  • Join a mailing list
  • Request Forschungszentrum Jülich’s newsletter and the in-house magazine
  • Possibly set up access to email address and the intranet (via Outlook web access:
  • https://webmail.fz-juelich.de und VPN)
  • Invitations to institute and works meetings

Maintaining qualifications:

  • Provision of journals through the Central Library (ZB)
  • Information on training courses from the internal training programme and the option of attending
  • Sign up for the training newsletter
  • Invitation to conferences and talks

3. Towards the end of parental leave, caregiver leave, or special leave

  • Schedule a meeting between the employee and their boss to talk about returning to work (beginning of the last third of leave).
  • Use the quick guide provided for this meeting (available from BfC).

4. Returning to work

  • Introduction to tasks
  • Meetings between the employee and their boss after one week and again after four weeks. Possible topics are: How is the return to work progressing? Is there any need for action, particularly with respect to work-life balance?
  • All other topics can be addressed in the annual personnel talk

Contact:

Your human resources manager at Personnel Management (Intranet)