Staying in touch—maintaining workplace ties
Universität Hamburg helps you balance work and family by fostering continued workplace ties ("loyalty management") when you take leave after the birth of a child, in order to provide nursing care, or for other familial reasons.
Loyalty management includes:
- preparing well for the period of leave
- actively nurturing strong ties to the University
- carefully planning your return
Before you go on leave
Speaking to your supervisor
Discuss the following with your supervisor:
- start and duration of your leave of absence
- if and under what conditions you can return to your old job
- potential designation of a contact person (i.e., a sponsor) to pass relevant information on to you during your leave (e.g., information regarding changes to tasks, human resources, or legal provisions)
- ways of staying in contact and actively involved, e.g., in research and teaching
- any existing teaching responsibilities
- whether or not you will be able to maintain your intranet access or access to the FHH portal during your leave
- whether or not you want to receive information on events or updates on what is going on at the University during your leave
- the handover process for your work area
Apply with the personnel office and clarify
- the start and duration of academic leave as well as extension possibilities;
- part-time options during parental leave/academic leave or other ways of maintaining a connection to the University (for example by telework, continuing research with support from research associates or student employees);
- regulations and consequences as per laws on pension provisions; and
- transmission of personal contact data
During and after leave of absence
- Apply for an extension or part-time employment following your return to work in written format in good time before your leave of absence ends (approximately 3 to 6 months before the end of your leave).
- Clarify and make use of options for professional development and qualification (e.g., via HR Development).
- Contact your supervisor in a timely manner in order to coordinate your return to work.
- Plan the introductory phase.
- Explore options for part-time work, maintaining a home office, or alternating telework.
- Coordinate with your supervisor to determine whether or not internal workflow procedures are compatible with family needs or if they can be adapted as necessary.