If you’ve spent years out of the workforce to raise children, care for a loved one or are unemployed due to a layoff, it’s intimidating to get back into the work game. Going back into an office environment where you're required to show up at a specific time and answer to an employer is going to take some getting used to. How can you ease your mind, feel like you're in-the-know and generally prepare yourself to get back into workplace grind?
First, relax. You’re not the first person to go through this transition. It may help to seek others in your network of friends and family who have returned to work after an absence. Ask them to tell you how it went and what they wished they had done differently to prepare better. They may offer some insight into how they made themselves stand out.