I've been a mid-level software developer at a large company for about 1.5 years. My performance reviews are very good and my manager is happy with my work.
I'm planning to take maternity leave in another 2 months for the birth of my first child. My manager & I have agreed on my leave plan and there are no issues on that front either.
However, I'm interested in switching to a remote role after the baby is born. My current commute is quite long, and it will be too difficult for me (because of the baby) if I get home so late. My husband & I have already decided that we'll either need to move closer to the office (very worst case scenario for us, for personal reasons), or switch to a remote job. My manager is aware that I want remote, but due to department policies he is unable to accomodate me for that request.
As an alternative solution, I'm considering applying for internal transfer to move to a remote role within a different department (where remote is allowed). My question is as follows:
Is it problematic to switch teams right before or after maternity leave? Doing so before my leave wouldn't make sense, because I wouldn't have enough time to ramp up before leaving.
- EDIT: Why doesn't this make sense? Depending on how fast the interview & approval process takes, I'd have between 1 week and 6 weeks to actually get familiar with my new team, and then I'd be gone for a few months. That would likely mean re-ramping up again when I get back since I'm not likely to remember the details of my ramp-up after such a long break.
On the other hand, coming back from maternity leave straight into a new team seems like a bad idea, too. It's hard enough getting used to a new family dynamic & new responsibilities, and a new team at work can just add extra stress.
Is this as tricky as it sounds? What are some pitfalls to be aware of?