It seems that I have a knack for having babies just in time to avoid major changes at my workplace. During my last maternity leave, my company merged with another company. When I returned to work, my office was in a different building and my team had doubled in size. It made the back-to-work adjustment a bit harder because I had to get used to a new place and new people. But, I was quite happy to have missed the majority of the stress and drama that went on during the transition.
This time, it appears that there will some changes once again. My VP got a new job and left the company. We’re getting a new boss, who is moving over from a different department within the company. A couple of weeks ago, a rep from HR contacted me to let me know (of course, I’d already heard through the office grapevine!) and said that our new boss would like to chat with me if I was up for it. He offered a phone call but said I could come in person if I’d prefer.
I decided that it would be a good idea to go in person. I’ve never worked with him before and figured it would be better to meet him face-to-face.
So, today, I dragged Bo and D downtown with me to the office. While I had my meeting with my new boss, D walked around the shopping mall attached to my office with Bo in the stroller. Then, the three of us went to visit my colleagues.
It felt pretty weird to be there. The meeting with the new boss was fine… he told me that he’d heard good things about me and wanted me to know that there would always be a place for me on our team. He also made it clear that there would be some changes and that he saw this as an opportunity for a “restart” of our team. Not sure what that means for sure, but I expect a bit of restructuring and perhaps some changes in personnel. We’ll see. Happily, I don’t go back to work until next February so I will be able to watch from the sidelines as things shake out.
It was nice to see my friends, though. Bo cooperated and was happy to give some snuggles to my colleagues.
In the end, I’m glad I decided to go to the meeting in person. It reminded me how lucky I am to have this time away from work with my boys!
One highlight of my day was the couple of times I fed Bo while we were there. My office is attached to a major downtown shopping mall, where D and Bo hung out during my meeting. Before and after the meeting, I nursed Bo in the mall’s nursing room. Wow, I was totally impressed! It was a huge room with two big, comfy leather chairs. There was a long counter with a great change area. And, attached to the room was a family washroom, so I could bring the stroller with me when I had to pee. You had to use an intercom to ask security to open the room, so I didn’t have any random people walking in while I was nursing. I was very pleasantly surprised and actually snapped a pic to show my friends!