hoping some lovely ladies on here can shed some light onto what is reasonable in relation to being contacted by work whilst on mat leave.
I started leave end of last month. my boss offered/mentioned if I "got bored" or wanted to do a days work from home, he could arrange to have some client files etc couriered out to me and I could log in via vpn and work. he said no pressure, totally up to you.
he then contacted me the week after I finished and asked me to finish off some urgent work we didn't get to before i went on mat leave. I wasn't impressed but I knew there was a deadline and we'd both forgotten about it before my finish date. I knew he was desperate as the other guy at work was away and there was nobody else to do it (our work is tiny I should add). I did the work, he paid me for it. cool.
figure I've stopped hearing from work, my due date is next Saturday and surely he's figured out by now, i'm probably not interested in doing any work from home at almost 39 weeks pregnant.
I got another phone call today. I was half asleep and trying to catch up on some much needed zzzz's so let it go to voicemail. can you please give me a ring at the office. doesn't say why, what the call is about.
this was around 3pm today and I didn't return the call.
now I'm not sure what to do. I don't want to be rude and just ignore the call. my boss is generally a nice guy, extremely old school, but he's been good to me in the 3-4 years I've been working for him. I'm hesitant though to keep returning his calls as I don't particularly want to give the idea that I'm available for phone calls. ok so I doubt he's calling me about anything work related at this late stage so I'm guessing it might be more to do with seeing how I am?
thing is, I don't really feel like shooting the breeze with my boss. it's work, I want to switch that area of my life off and just forget about it. not be in constant contact.
I'm new to all this and this is my first mat leave break so I'm unsure what the norm is. is it standard practice to be contacted by your boss on leave? I assumed it was like any other kind of leave whereby you generally hear nothing unless it's some catastrophic disaster or extreme emergency.
also, any ideas on how to handle this? I want to be polite and nice but I also want to be firm and send the message that I'm out of contact now for a few months and want to just focus on the final stages of pregnancy and my new baby once he arrives!
argh! help please!