How do I ask for a part-time job from my full-time employer?
December 15, 2007 4:51 AM Subscribe
What is the best way to ask my current employer to offer me a part-time position? I'm a single young male with no other responsibilities or commitments.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm a 25 year old male. I work for a small company (100-200 employees). I'm a part of a small team that operates pretty independently of the rest of the company. I work directly on the product, as a computer programmer, with two peers and my manager. There's also a handful of people on our team that don't work directly on the product but on the sales/marketing/support/etc. Even though we're a small team our product has earned something like 15-20% of the company's revenues this year, making us something like the current "shining star" of the company. I believe I've done a good job, but I haven't really made a name for myself. My peers and I work in cubicles. We're not exactly high status.
I've worked full-time there for about 11 months. I want to work part time for an unspecified amount of time - maybe trying it for 6 months or so before making another decision. I don't have any socially acceptable reason to do this: I'm not going back to school or caring for a child. I'm just a guy who thinks he would be happier with less money and more free time. (Note: I'd spend some of this time on self employment and entrepreneurship. Previous to this job, I attempted to make it self-employed. I survived for a few years, but eventually failed. The bug is biting me and I want to try again, at least as a side thing.)
I want to maximize my chance of success but I fear it's a hard sell. My manager is my age and has a house, a wife, and a child. I have none of these. I think that he would not understand why I would want to work even less in my current situation. I don't think it's very acceptable for someone like me to want to work part-time for "no reason". I could lie and say that I'm going back to school for more education, but that's easily verifiable.
Also, one of the things my manager has mentioned over lunch is that he likes that we're a small team that's dedicated to the project as opposed to a large team that's only spending part of their time on it. Basically, it feels like the cards are stacked against me here. I like my job, but I want to work on it less and have more time for other things.
What's the best way to approach this? Followup questions/requests for clarification can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org