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Stay there four days
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jinty From: jinty Date: November 23rd, 2010 09:57 am (UTC) (Link)

Glad you managed to get some rest in

Never heard of that Sugru stuff before - looks very cool! Thanks for the link.

No, I am the last Guardian-reading person in the universe who hasn't read Miss Smilla - never felt the urge, aka it's too popular and I like genre fiction me.

I'm expecting to go back four days a week; I've been wanting to work a four-day week for years anyway. I have this uncertainty that childcare is gonna turn out to be a bigger hit than we can readily appreciate right now, and R is going to go down to four days a week too so our income will be reduced, but we'll see how it looks on that basis initially.
j4 From: j4 Date: November 23rd, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Glad you managed to get some rest in

Four days a week would be good. I asked our HR person ages ago whether she thought I'd be able to come back part-time & then go back to full-time later, & she said she thought not, because it was really awkward -- so I'd sort of dismissed the idea, but I asked Nice Boss today & he said "gosh yes of course that's quite normal". So maybe Mrs HR and I had crossed wires or something -- I think I need go and have a talk to her.

Childcare is going to be cripplingly expensive. I'm not really sure what the answer is, apart from "Never have any spare money again"...
jinty From: jinty Date: November 24th, 2010 09:02 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Glad you managed to get some rest in

At one point years ago I asked about the possibility of going four days a week unless any project came up that needed me for five days - ie offering them flexibility within a framework of me basically doing four days a week, rather than doing four days at point X and then changing back to five days at point Y. - They said that would be too complicated. Maybe HR lady thought you meant that?
From: scat0324 Date: November 24th, 2010 10:20 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Glad you managed to get some rest in

HR person is wrong (surprise!). As a parent, you will have the right to request flexible working - including the option to go part time. While the right is a right only to ask, your employer can only reject the request if there are good business reasons to do so. Given Nice Boss supports you, that's case closed, but even if he didn't I'd find it hard to believe that in our sector, and in our type of work, going part time would really break the "business" of our employers.
From: scat0324 Date: November 24th, 2010 10:21 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Glad you managed to get some rest in

j4 From: j4 Date: November 24th, 2010 10:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Glad you managed to get some rest in

's what I thought, but thank you for the backup. :-)

Perhaps their worry is that if I go p/t then it will be hard for them to turn this job back into f/t after me, assuming I probably won't stay here for ever (& given jobs are being cut they may not want to lose 1/5 of a post that they then won't be able to re-fill at f/t, if you see what I mean). I dunno, though, I am just guessing. I will sit down & talk to HR/bosses properly when I've got my magic form (MATB1?) from the thingy (goodness knows how one gets one of those, I really should find out).
From: scat0324 Date: November 24th, 2010 10:53 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Glad you managed to get some rest in

Your midwife/GP - the school secretary took a photocopy of Mrs S's, which wasn't good enough for HR at the Council, so I had to bike round the original. This info probably isn't relevant, but is free!

I've been off for a few days DIYing, but I've got those screw removers in my bag - I'll try to drop them to OUCS later.

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