I am scheduled to return to work in about 2 months. At that time I will have been on leave for 9 months. Before my cancer diagnosis, the company went through a merger. I worked for the new company for 3 months, so I will have been on leave 3 times longer than I worked for the new company. I am quite nervous about the process of returning to work, and would also like to confirm my rights.
Some specific things that are making me nervous...1. I received very limited training prior to the merger and virtually no on the job coaching after the merger. That, combined with chemo brain, means I'm not even sure I can operate their in house computer programs. How do I ask for additional training (if I return to the same role) without appearing unqualified for the position? If I return to a different role, how do I ask for training? 2. I'm not sure who to talk to when it's time to return to work. Should I work with the person who was my direct manager? an HR manager? the leave department? 3. How far in advance should I start this process? 4. I am able to see internal job postings from my home computer. Am I able to say "I do not want to return to the same role, I would like the equivalent job that is posted?"
Any advice you can offer would be appreciated. Thank you.