During the meeting with your manager try to show an interest in balancing your personal needs with the company needs. To avoid any misunderstandings later, be honest about any concerns or fears you may have about the impact of the leave on your career. Confirming the final decisions in writing may help your leave process go more smoothly and set the stage for your return.
If any changes arise in your leave plan contact your manager as soon as possible. As your leave winds down, remind yourself that it's normal to feel ambivalence, eagerness or both towards your job.
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