Just as you've finally decided to make that big leap back into corporate life, insecurity creeps into your consciousness and you begin to dread the thought of going back to work. Most often than not, the fear is not because of the new responsibilities you are facing, but with the experience gap that has developed while you were absent from work life.
Well, hold your horses. Here are some tips that can help you deal with these experience gaps:
Visit the company's intranet. This usually contains information or links to the company's talent management program, company rules and regulations, profiles of different functional groups or departments. Most intranet sites also provide messages from the CEO and news on how the company is positioned in the industry.
Reach out to your boss. As his success depends on your success, he will be more than willing to help you bridge your experience gaps. Reaching out to him also means that you recognize his authority and need his guidance.
See if a buddy can be assigned to you. A buddy is a co-worker who has a similar position or function as yours. He may be able to provide some company tidbits that are not documented. He may also show you the ropes, demonstrating how your new tasks can be handled. If a buddy cannot be provided, spend some time with folks who have a similar position or function as yours. Getting to know a buddy will provide you a glimpse of what works and what does not work in your job.
Now that you have all these tips, don't be afraid to go back to work. Kiss your experience gap goodbye.