Dad returning to work after a short break

General Details
Network:
Working father
Profession:
Investment Banking
Type of leave:
Paternity
Number of years professional experience:
16-20 years
Length of leave:
0-1 months
Type of experience:
Positive
Work pattern on return:
Standard full-time
Message I returned to work after my 2 weeks of paternal leave entitlement, before the mixed paternity leave rules came into being. My wife and I were fortunate enough to have understanding employers who knew of our background (this was our 3rd and only successful cycle of IVF treatment). I returned to work after the 2 weeks and felt in a complete daze the whole time. Don't under estimate just how exhausting the night time waking and sleep deprivation can be! My wife and I don't really have much of a support network so we both struggled at first. However, as you reprioritise work responsibilities and settle down into a routine, things start to feel better. I started leaving work earlier than before in order to get some quality time with my son, leaving the office at 5pm to make it home for dinner time and bath time and a bedtime story. This time has been really precious to me and allowed me to have more bonding time with my son as weekends always tend to feel so busy. My employer has supported me with this and even recruited a resource which took some of the pressure off. I haven't been made to feel guilty for "being a part-timer" for leaving at 5pm. There's still a lot of stigma about this in the City where you have to "put the hours in", but often unnecessarily. I use my office hours wisely and have the ability to work from home which has been a massive help at times. If you don't have the ability yet ask your line manager as this makes things a lot easier. Although trying to work while my son wants to "work with Daddy" at the same time sometimes complicates matters!
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