Is it a good idea to stay in touch with my manager during a career break?

While you shouldn’t spend your break worrying about what’s going on at work, it’s a good idea to discuss in advance with your manager how much and how best to keep abreast of business and job developments while you are away. This might mean, say, having any new in-house journals forwarded to you, or simply keeping an eye on the company website.

You should certainly get in touch with your manager some weeks before you return to work, so you know what to expect when you get back. Working practices rarely stand still, and neither do your colleagues. There's a good chance that you'll be unfamiliar with at least some of the technology and processes now used to do your job. And some of your old team mates may have been promoted, so there could be new office politics and hierarchies to get your head around. 

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