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08/10/2013 at 14:25
Now it's all official at work I have started to think about mat. cover. I am to arrange my own through agencies. I have never provided maternity cover nor needed it so it is new to me.
It's great that we are finally going to have a part-time HR resource who will assist, but the choosing, and driving the task, is down to me.
How far in advance did you start putting feelers out? How did it go? Was the outcome positive or negative (whether for you, your colleagues or you employer)? (I have a concern about being trumped by someone wonderful lol, I love and NEED my job!)
Thanks for any info.
08/10/2013 at 14:41
I didn't get involved; it's not my job to. I'm training mine now; it does help to remember that if it goes badly, it'll reflect badly on you; it's in your interests that it goes well.......
08/10/2013 at 14:54
I know! I need someone good for a seamless transition. they're already edgy about me being off.
08/10/2013 at 15:53
Im not involved. They interviewed y.day and im on leave!
08/10/2013 at 16:52
Mine was employed when I was 20 weeks, but it's a scientific/technical role, so alot to pick up. I guess it depends what you do.
08/10/2013 at 17:08
I did, inconjunction with my boss but it was me who wrote the job spec, contacted the agencies and sorted through the CV's. I did the first round interviews with my boss and was around for the second interview, had to devise a test for the third round.
I told work at 16 weeks and started recruiting the following week. My replacement start a 15 month contract 6 weeks before I left, so I would have been 32 weeks. Luckily we had someone who was only temping so only a 2 week notice period.
I'm normally involved in the recruitment process for other department members at some point so it was natural for me to be involved, plus I know what's involved in my job in much more detail than my boss
I found it quite difficult to recruit a replacement as I want to come back, so wanted someone good enough to keep it running but not so good that they won't want me back! In the end we went with someone who my boss was already considering where he can use her when I return. I just have to hope for the best I guess.
08/10/2013 at 17:56
Oh it's fab to hear from someone who's been there. My friends think my paranoia is kind of amusing but I don't like it! I am looking for quite a short cover period, 3 months hopefully, more if there are any benefits over the stat min. I took over from the contract person in my role in 2 weeks, and I feel like 2 weeks is enough provided I've got the department running smoothly etc. This type of finance is much of a muchness wherever you go, though it's going to cost work quite a bit of money.
It's good you have someone you will probably keep afterward, more of a worthwhile investment for you and your boss in that case.
I also have the issue that I don't want to leave until I go in to labour (financial reasons) so I will have to find a way to frame it so I can hand over and then perhaps work on project stuff or work part-time until I can't work any longer.
Did you get on well with your cover? I sort of think of (but not treat!) my team as my children, they've prospered a lot and handing them over to someone else is what I dread most!!! I bet I sound like a right nutter. :)
08/10/2013 at 18:16
At first I felt a bit threatened by her, a combination of her wanting to make a great first impression meaning it felt like she was questioning every process and wanting to make too much of an impact. By the end of the 6 weeks though, she'd chilled a bit and as a result we got on really well, in fact on my last afternoon we spent an extra couple of hours at the restaurant just chatting. I don't object at all to her staying after I return, in fact I don't even really mind reporting in to her if that's how it has to be, so long as I can keep the same salary package. I think I feel more threatened because she is full time whereas I was/am only 3 days per week.
Sounds like you have plenty of time, although you may struggle to find someone to commit to something so short term that far in advance?
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