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19/04/2013 at 12:43
I really need to get this sent today but I'm stuck. I doubt very much that they will accept but I'll give it a shot...
I was already pregnant when I started there (very early) and was initially employed to work in the accounts department just posting invoices and reconciling accounts (easy job, no stress). After about 3 months I started covering for my colleague as she was absolutely rubbish at her job and was causing lots of problems (much higher job spec and responsibility). She went in holiday for 2 weeks and it was decided then that I would take over her role which I did and by the time I went into ML I had pretty much turned the department round and it was all up to date and rubbing much more efficiently. My job description is very broad so technically, my new role was covered. I had no new contract or pay rise etc
This is where I'm stuck. How can I say what impact my request will have when I don't even know what position I will be returning to? My first role would be so much easier to justify my request, the second role much less so. I doubt that with the second told the 3 day week that I've requested would be doable (mon/wed/fri) and to be honest. There are people covering both of my roles ATM.
What kind of things did you put?
19/04/2013 at 13:01
Have you talked to anyone about this? I had an informal phone call meeting with my line manager where we discussed it first. Was the second job a permanent change? If you are not clear about this then you need to discuss it.
I would look at both the roles and then propose what I think I could reasonably cover in the time that I want to work. If you would be happy to cover the work in the first role then you could ask about this.
19/04/2013 at 13:11
It was never agreed that it was a permenent change, I've never had anything to confirm this. Ideally I'd like to go back to my initial role as I can see them making excuses with the second one as it probably couldn't be done over 3 days. It's all such a mess. When I tried to talk to them about it before I left it was all just brushed aside and they said they'd discuss it when I come back.
19/04/2013 at 14:25
Your employers should have put something in writing to clarify if the change was permanent/ temporary etc souse the fact they haven't to your advantage. If you would prefer to go back to your initial role I would send them a letter or email along the lines of:
Dear Blah, I am writing to confirm that I would like to return to work following my period of maternity leave to my position of *initial job title* on X date. I would also like to request flexible working details of my request are set out below (then put in what you would like to work, how it can be accomodated, any benefits to the arrangement etc. I understand a meeting will be arranged within 28 days of this request, please could you let me know as soon as possible when the meeting will be held so I can arrange childcare.'
If they then bring up the other job just say that you thought it was temporary and didn't recieve any documentation stating otherwise so you would like to return to your original role, as you are entitled to do. If they can't accomodate your request you can just resign.
Hope this makes sense!
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