Part-Time Arrangement with Current Employer

Vicky - posted on 02/25/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hi there, just looking to see if anyone out there has approached their employer about changing their work arrangement from full-time to part-time, what approach you took, would like to hear what types of arrangements exist out there. I've put the request in to my employer, but typical big company, nobody wants to be the decision-maker, so I'm getting tossed around. It's been almost 9 months since I first requested it, so 've reached the point where I need to set a milestone date to make a decision as to whether I stay and put up with the imbalance and exhaustion in my life, or just quit. I am struggling so much with missing out on my 2-year-old daugter's daily developments, but am also so anxious about losing the security of a full-time, great paycheque/bonus (and my husband is self-employed, so I am the primary breadwinner right now) and what that will mean to my daughter's future... There are not a lot of corporate, part-time opportunities to be had out there, though.



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Christina - posted on 02/26/2009

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Perhaps you should try to present your employer with a possible solution. As a previous employer, I know that it's easier to say "yes" when there's a reasonable solution on the table. I don't know what type of job you do, but if you can find another person with your similar skills, perhaps you can job share. This won't cost the employer anymore....but it may make everyone happy. I'm currently looking for a job and if a full time is not available, I would take part time also. You can undertake to train the job-share person, and with good communication between you & the other person, it could be a seamless transition for your employer.

Emmy - posted on 02/26/2009

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I work for a large company as well. They rang me when i was due to come back from maternity leave and asked me whether i was coming back. I told them i wanted to come back part time and they discussed it with our centre management and got back to me saying its okay.



 



Others at our work that want to go part time basically just bring it up with management and within a couple of days they have an answer

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i feel for you.  you could approach your HR rep and ask them about the options they have for you.  these things do depend a lot on supervisor approval though. I presume you mean a shorter work-day by part-time....or maybe you can work in office half the day and consider  logging in and working from home (vpn connectivity) for the later bit? that way you are around when your child needs you.  some people do that. 

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i feel for you.  you could approach your HR rep and ask them about the options they have for you.  these things do depend a lot on supervisor approval though. I presume you mean a shorter work-day by part-time....or maybe you can work in office half the day and consider  logging in and working from home (vpn connectivity) for the later bit? that way you are around when your child needs you.  some people do that. 

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