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While on maternity leave you can prepare your mind and heart to return.
Is 6 months normal? I’d go for Yankee Candle’s pound cake scent. Casino cards are great souvenirs. This has been such a valuable career experience, and I know that I have leaders like you to thank for that. I always try to be vague because I could have someone outside of my workplace e-mail me and I want to be careful about sharing too much information, but that's just me. Are you sure you want to delete your comment? What about home fragrance? Agreed!

If you need imediate assistance, please contact another attorney on the matter or my assitant ___ . In the personal message, I was thinking of writing – “I am away on materity leave. The absolute BEST leave message ever was from my former work colleague, who sent an email out to about 20 people (who were all cooperating on the project), “My water just broke, so I will not be able to handle this issue for the next few weeks.”, She came back to work after 6 but was working from home after 2. I am going to Vegas for the first time ever at the end of May, for 4 days, staying at the Luxor. I am currently out of the office on extended leave until January 2012. Everybody else will fall into this category. Tentatively, I will be leaving work on 7/19 and returning on 11/19. I want to avoid putting specific dates on the email though, in case I decided I need another week or two at work before baby arrives, if baby arrives early, if I decide I'm not ready to be back by 11/19, etc.

But my brain is not working. I like to email all my co-workers, and let them know that I am leavening, and thank them for the experience I had with them for the last few year. I was itching to get back at that point with each. You can also put the folowing as part of your signature about 2 weeks before you are leaving "please note I will be out on maternity leave (on extended leave) starting 7/19/13. We supposedly get “maternity leave” as partners (i.e., we can stay out as long as we want), but it sure as heck was (negatively) reflected in my compensation at the end of the year. The people here at [Company] have honestly been one of the best parts of working here. I asked one partner I trusted if there was a policy and, of course, there is not. If everything goes as planned, you can change or delete it. This might be the end of my time with [Company]. Had two children while a partner.

Thankfully we live on my husband’s salary, mostly, so I guess we’ll just forgo saving for a few months. How important is the job offer? As we discussed, I’ll be leaving my position as [job title], and my last day is coming up on [date]. Even though our time working together is coming to a close, I’d still love to keep in touch. It may seem silly to write this before you actually go on maternity leave, but when the time comes, the last thing you want to focus on is spell-checking an out-of-office message. Have fun! We recommend thinking about your out of office parental leave message a few weeks before you finish up.

The Charleston mall is outdoors, so can be hot — though early may should still be ok. I’m so jealous…talking about it makes me want to go back! She's also an Employment Advisor at a local college, and loves helping students prepare to thrive in careers (and lives!)

So, if you’re struggling to write those bittersweet farewell emails, these seven different templates are sure to help. Maybe it would help. Your employer will be fine, you will survive! The amount of sick leave v. annual leave you can use varies based on hospital stay / kind of birth (c-section or no).

It's so different from a vacation--when there is an exact leave and return to work date. Weird! I was able to “prepare” clients during my pregnancy for my leave and schedule discovery deadlines, etc., so that there were none pending during my leave, if at all possible. You might ask them if they have an employee handbook or list of policies that would apply to you – that might get at the issue indirectly. I’ve included my personal contact information below for you. ?” We would then have to skate around the issue. Your plans regarding the amount of leave you want may change between now and when you are pregnant. Maybe try ATL?

The thought that my job would still go on without me for a quarter of year, frankly, worried me. I work with clients a lot and my company encourages that. A whole new phase for our family of four starting right there. BUT, knowing your rights and entitlements are empowering. My husband and I went to Vegas for 4 days last year and basically ate our way through the city. I’m dissenting again, but I’d bring it up if it is important enough to you that it could affect your decision. If not, what should I get? I think I know when I’m going back, but I’ll have the option of taking more unpaid leave, and I just don’t know if I’ll be able to afford to take it. We had some others leave the firm recently, especially on big files I have been on, and I didn't want to alarm the clients.

Announcing early is always desirable. I think it kept me from feeling too isolated from the “real world” as it were. But, it’s definitely not the end of our friendship. So be honest about what you can accomplish before you leave. Please contact xyz in my absence'. While you got along well with all of your colleagues, the people who fall into this category are a little different—they’re your closest friends and confidantes in the office. That is a good point, but the flip side of that is that the most regular question I got when I was out was, “when are you coming back?” Having my return date saved me from having to respond to those questions. Same here. But my boss also sent a little message to everyone announcing the birth of our son which was sweet. I was more than happy for people to know that is why I was out of the office.

I am jealous – jealous, I say! Have fun!

I took off a little more than 3 months with each child.

You have my number—so don’t hesitate to reach out when you want to grab [coffee/drinks/lunch], and I’ll be sure to do the same!

I’ll have to try that. Thanks for the perspective- I don't think I will send one :) someone that just makes me feel more relaxed about the whole thing.

Reminders. I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed our time working together, and how much I value the friendship you’ve shown me over the past [how long you’ve worked together].

), For my $.02, I forwarded my other friend C’s out-of-office message, which says simply “I’m out of the office on maternity leave. I'm also planning to send out a mass email to my main points of contact on my last day of work.

I would be upset if a great case came in for me but I was passed over for it because people didn’t know I would be back in a week (or a few weeks, or whatever). My boyfriend and I are planning to rent a car and go to the Hoover Dam, see a couple of shows, do some shopping, do some good eating, etc.

Federally, it requires 12 weeks, but a lot of states have it extended to 16. But I wouldn’t mention leave – not counting chickens before they’re hatched and all that. Mystere was basically just O without water though and a cheaper price…. The open question is an easy way for the firm to hold something over your head. Not to mention my firm has a strict policy that you cannot use out-of-office messages on your email – i.e. Food: For cheap food, hit up Hubert Keller’s Burger Bar. Firms pull this kind of crap on purpose. While I’m excited for the new opportunity ahead of me, leaving [Company] and great working relationships like this one is definitely bittersweet. In addition to The Muse, she's a contributor all over the web and dishes out research-backed advice for places like Atlassian, Trello, Toggl, Wrike, The Everygirl, FlexJobs, and more.
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