How to best negotiate new schedule after maternity leave?
October 21, 2011 4:57 PM Subscribe
I'd love to get advice on how to negotiate returning to work 4 days a week instead of 5 following maternity leave.
posted by anonymous to work & money (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My situation is complicated (or seems that way to me) by the fact that I may also be advocating for a promotion. Six months prior to my leave, my boss was laid off and I took on a number of additional responsibilities. My current boss and the head of my department indicated that he wanted to give me a promotion for this additional
work. This did not happen before I began my leave, however, and I have since learned that another colleague has been given the same title as my previous boss, although I do not know whether the job description has changed.
I need to start by determining my job responsibilities with my boss. My question is when do I bring up the fact that I only want to work 4 days a week? Based on past experience with the organization, working 4 days a week is not likely to change my job description; rather I will be expected to get the work done in 4 days rather than 5. For that reason, I am somewhat hesitant to take a cut in salary, but my highest priority is more time with my son. Officially woking from home one day a week is almost certainly not an option based on precedent (though I will ask).
Other things that might be helpful to know about the situation:
I work for an art museum
My greatest leverage is the excellent relationships I have with many donors
I have been at the museum and in the same position for 4 years
Many thanks for your thoughts and advice!