Stay in touch - make it your business to stay in touch with your Manager and colleagues. This can be as simple as sending in a monthly email or turning up for an important board meeting.
Keep up to date while you are away. It’s really important to keep your industry and company knowledge, skills and abilities up to date. This may mean doing some extra study, an online course, read business books, follow a blog or keep attending a networking group. Stay current, as it will pay off when you return or in your next career move.
Be transparent by informing your colleagues and employees when you plan to return to work and what you will be doing on your career break. Tell people you plan to return, when and what you will be doing