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!