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How do you respond to co workers asking for your help while you are on maternity leave? It’s regarding project work that you transitioned over. My maternity leave is also unpaid.

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This 100%. If you respond they will keep at it. Respond 5 days later with a sweet picture of your baby and that you’re not going to be able to assist on day to day matters.

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Depends. If it’s a quick call to answer questions which you can do while pushing the pram round the park, the goodwill generated might be worth the effort. But if it’s actual work that will eat into your very limited leisure / sleep time, then no way

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Your out of office should say it all.

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Sometimes I think people think maternity leave is another form of holiday. You’re on maternity leave ie a 24/7 job. Tell them you’re busy doing this other job at the moment and can deal with it when you go back to work

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Yep, didn’t even check my email. I would respond to a text with, sorry but I’m on maternity leave right now so I’m not able to assist. I didn’t get any, but if I did, I would make sure to just respond with a no so that’s clear.

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