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11/09/2014 at 09:02
Hi All.I have a few questions with regards to requesting different working hours.
How far in advance did you put in for yours? 3 months in advance of returning, or as soon as you knew you definitely wanted to change them?
Is it easier to request a job share in most cases?
Any advice / experiences welcome!
11/09/2014 at 13:34
I wrote formally 8 weeks prior to my return, I was only reducing to 32 hours first time.
Second time I wanted staggered return with annual leave days being used over 16 weeks, again I wrote in 8 weeks prior to my return as that's all my contract required.
Not sure what I even want this time but again il just let them
Know before I go back. It's NHS though so they tend to be quite accommodating (or else my work places have been)
11/09/2014 at 13:36
I put my request in about five months before I planned to return to work. I was 99% certain it would be declined based on having seen others make the same request, and therefore knew I would have to have a meeting with my operations director to discuss it which would take time to arrange. I also knew that I wasn't prepared to return full time if (when) my request was declined and had decided that I would take a demotion to be able to work less hours. Again, I wanted to make sure there was time for a new contract to be sorted and my hours to be agreed so that I could sort childcare. As it turned out it was all sorted in plenty of time, but I would have worried too much if it had been done much later. However, it obviously all depends on the company, I've got friends who have just put a request in and its been approved straight away so obviously has taken no time at all.
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