Confirming My Return To Work

Last week I went into work to confirm details of going back as my maternity leave comes to an end at the start of May.

I’ve organised to go back part time – Fridays, Saturdays and one other day that I’ll organise around Hubby’s shifts. As his shifts are all over the place it will mean that I work two days one week and then four the next on occasions if Hubby is also working all week. Considering my employer doesn’t tend to do flexible contracts I am amazed that this has been agreed and thankful for it too – I originally wanted to go back two days but three days on a flexible basis is a great compromise.

I’ve also got the best part of half a year’s worth of holiday and bank holidays to take which I’ll be using up before I go back so I officially start back at work on 4th July – Independence Day! Ha!

I won’t be going back to my previous job role – I was a manager and going back on a flexible basis would make it hard for me to manage anyone. With this in mind I’m taking a downgrade and going back to being a member of staff and wearing a uniform again – First time in five years that will have happened! I’m looking forward to having less responsibility, going in, doing my job and going home again.

I will also be in a different place of work, in a different town and with different colleagues but I know a lot of them anyway and they really are a good bunch. I walked in last week apprehensive about the outcome and walked out knowing that if I have to work then going back to this job, three days a week really isn’t that bad at all!

I may have hoped to be a stay at home Mum but for now at least this working pattern should fit in with Hubby’s hours, will give us a bit more income and should be good for our family as a whole.

Let’s see how it goes!

Confirming My Return To Work
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10 Comments

  1. April 14, 2014 / 7:22 am

    Glad your employers have been flexible & that you’ve come to an arrangement that suits you all x

  2. April 14, 2014 / 7:35 am

    It’s great that both sides have been able to compromise and at least you’ve got a itch bitsy more time off 🙂

  3. April 14, 2014 / 9:42 am

    Good luck Donna, I went back to work three days a week between Mads and LL and I also had to drop job role because my previous role involved a lot of travel which I couldn’t do part time. I actually enjoyed going in and not having any responsibility, I got the perfect mix of me time and also time to be a Mum. With LL I have managed to build up enough freelance work to do that two long mornings a week while they are at nursery. It’s a completely different challenge but I also love it, I worked really hard in my career so I do enjoy working in some capacity. x

    • April 14, 2014 / 9:45 am

      It must be lovely to work for yourself too. I think that would be a dream of mine long term although my day job isn’t something I can do myself! x

  4. April 14, 2014 / 6:04 pm

    Sounds like you’ve managed to negotiate good terms there, a good compromise. And stepping down a little will make it easier to leave work at work, so that when you back through the door each evening, it’s all about family-time. Sounds perfect x

  5. Claire @ Great British Family Blog
    April 14, 2014 / 7:51 pm

    Sounds like it has worked out well for you and I wish you all the best. I am going back to work 4 weeks today! the last 14 months have gone so fast. I will be three days a week too so I’m hoping it will be a good balance.

  6. April 14, 2014 / 8:59 pm

    Thats great Donna, they obviously really value you to offer the flexibility you need.
    And there is so much to be said for going in, doing your hours and the going home with no stress.
    Bonus you have so much holiday to use up too x

  7. April 14, 2014 / 9:57 pm

    Oh i’m sorry you have to go back to work lovely but so glad you’ve come to an arrangement that both parties are happy with. I had every intention of going back to work after Riley but they couldn’t offer me flexible hours and the cost of childcare would have exceeded my income (ridiculous!). But, It makes me really appreciate how hard hubby-to-be works for us so i can stay at home with the boys. I’m sure you’ll settle in to your new role nicely but best of luck xxx

  8. April 20, 2014 / 8:01 pm

    It sounds like work have been great finding something that will work for you. I hope it all goes smoothly. It is difficult leaving little ones but I think it does you good to get back to some ‘grown up’ time, I know I miss it!

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