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Returning to Work After an Extended Absence

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Let's face it: life happens. We get sick, we take time off to care for aging parents, we have babies, we take sabbaticals to travel, or to go to school. All of these important events are part of a rich and complex life.

However, returning to work after a long absence can be just as challenging as being away. It can also be challenging for your boss, who has to help a colleague make the transition back to work.

So how do you do it? How do you learn about everything you missed while you were gone? How do you adjust your goals, which may now have changed, to fit with your work environment? And how to you readjust to the discipline of the workplace?

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