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liz posted this 21 December 2018

Has anyone successfully gotten their boss to agree to reduced/part-time hours after maternity leave is over?

Balancing work is one of my biggest worries about trying to become pregnant.  I like my job but I think I would like to go down to part time if I had a baby. 

My husband and I can afford it, but I don't know how I would approach my boss.  Have you done this? I'd love some tips.  

I am in customer service, for reference.

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Rainy posted this 05 May 2020

It's scary but worth a try. If you're a good, valued employee, try presenting what you'd like to do and asking if there is anyway to achieve that. Good luck!

Susan posted this 16 May 2019

Customer service can be tricky, but I'd ask nonetheless. If you can afford the part time, then the worse that can happen is hearing no. Usually managers are understanding especially if production will not be impacted.

Jessica posted this 16 May 2019

Wow six weeks sounds so tough! With my first I couldn't even walk normally until like 8 weeks! You must be a tough cookie!

It was not an option when I was pregenant years ago. I would like to have an extended leave this time around,. I went right back to work after 6 weeks with my 1st two - now 10 and 12. but I would like to be home at least 3-6 months this time

Jessica posted this 16 May 2019

I did this and love part time. I work daily 8-12 ish as a teacher. One thing that helped was returning full time and then a bit later asking for the change (so it wasn't like, hey I just got back AND....). 

Maggie posted this 15 May 2019

It was not an option when I was pregenant years ago. I would like to have an extended leave this time around,. I went right back to work after 6 weeks with my 1st two - now 10 and 12. but I would like to be home at least 3-6 months this time

Dre posted this 15 May 2019

Yes, I have done this.  It was worth asking. Just have a plan before you ask. 

Angie posted this 13 January 2019

I agree with the advice to go in with a plan, but be prepared for them to say no still

Michele posted this 12 January 2019

Customer Service is tricking because staffing is a huge issue. I would first look to see if there are any current part-time positions in your company - that will tell you the likelihood of approval.
Then simply speak to the manager about your current job duties on things like who, if anyone, can do your job on the hours that you're not there. What your day-to-day would look like, who would help feel the gap and would that create a bottleneck and then I would promote the cost savings (possibly no leave benefits or health insurance) in exchange.
You may want to see if your company handbook has any information on full-time/ part-time, etc. to see if they have any guidelines BEFORE you speak to your boss.

April posted this 21 December 2018

I used to be a manager for a grocery store full time. I did ask to step down.. so I took a part time position and they took away my manager pay obviously. So I don't know if you were trying to keep your pay etc that might be something to consider. Then I was full time at a bank and had to transfer to an open part time position at another location after the next baby. So I think as long as your role can be done part time, your job shouldn't have an issue.

josey posted this 21 December 2018

My boss did go down to part but I had high risk pregnacies. I admit I was nervous asking but it all turned out well.

Jamie posted this 21 December 2018

I debated doing this as well after I had my first child. My best advice is to put together a solid business plan of what dropping to part time would look like for you. Explain what you would be doing in the hours you are working and how you can accomplish your job in half the time for basically half the price. I am certain if you went in with a solid business plan of what you could offer they would be more inclined to work with you. 

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