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Work Negotiations…


A few weeks ago, the temp filling in for me while I’m out on leave, called to say she wouldn’t be returning after October 1st. Legally I can take leave until the end of November but I was reluctant to leave my employer in a bind. Usually, I’m not one to take advantage when the cards are in my favor but… I want to be with my son as long and as much as humanly possible soooo… I played my best hand.

I negotiated with the HR department to only work 2 days per week until the end of the year and return to full-time status in January. I asked that my benefits remain the same and I accrue vacation time at the normal rate.

Turns out, I can be quite bossy.

HR approved my request.

I start this week but it’s easier knowing it’s only part-time. Let’s just hope our checkbook can survive!


  • Reply Angie |

    I did the same thing when I had my first baby. It really does help to ease back in.

  • Reply Me |

    I never returned to full time work after I had my first baby. That was nearly 12 years ago. I do work part time, but I didn’t want to leave my babies either, so I can feel your pain. Glad to hear that you got a great deal on your return to work.

  • Reply cindy |

    i was able to do something similar with both girls. i think it works well for both sides since its unlikely youd be sooo busy as soon as you return. easing into it also leaves you emotionally healthier, i think.

  • Reply Maggie |

    That is great! Part time work would be my dream. Enjoy that Baby and ease back into work.

  • Reply SuperMom Diaries |

    Great job! Congrats. I remember going back to work after my baby was born. He’s 14 months now, and it hasn’t gotten any easier. 🙁

  • Reply Carol |

    Wow, good for you for being your own best advocate! It just goes to show, you have nothing to lose for asking. This is a win win situation for you. You’ll be able to slowly ease into going back to work full time, adjusting to the separation of your little one. 🙂

  • Reply Nicole |

    Hooray for you! Congrats on having the confidence to stand up for yourself, knowledge to know what you want, and skills to succeed in getting it!

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