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What would be your preference - part time vs full time home working

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Flossish Thu 18-Jun-15 23:27:55

I currently work in a highly stressful environment, working long shifts covering 24 hrs. My husband also works shifts. Our family life is lacking routine and stability. We have three children, two at primary school and one at nursery three days a week. I have supportive parents nearby (I think, I've yet to discuss this move with them!).

Work has recently become even more stressful due to deteriation of relationship with my manager. I currently work 22 hrs a week.

A job has become available working from home full time. The job states it is flexible but involves running a helpline for people using a product. It's a bit of a wage drop but would probably equate out to be similar to my current earnings with the up lift in in hours, although I'd have to look into taking out a private pension.

What are people's thoughts? It feels in our family as though something has to give. This job won't be a great love as my current job sad is but I'd hope the stress would be much reduced.

flowery Fri 19-Jun-15 09:44:55

How would increasing your hours reduce your stress?

ragged Fri 19-Jun-15 10:52:27

Will your children be underfoot while working from home? That's a complete No for me.

Flossish Fri 19-Jun-15 12:15:23

Because at present I don't have enough of me to do my job properly. Or any support the majority of the time. I have three children free days a week, my husband has varying days off so could do some child care on other days and my mum would most likely be willing to help also.
My job atm is a nurse on a busy unit, fwiw. I start early, finish late and dont get breaks and don't feel my work load is safe. Home working is a drastically different proposition.

Hollyab12 Fri 19-Jun-15 12:28:46

Have you ever done similar work before? I would be worried about losing face to face contact - I find my stress levels go up when I'm not getting job satisfaction. I worked on a helpline part time some years ago and it does take some getting used to, especially as you wouldn't have colleagues around you.

CountryLovingGirl Fri 19-Jun-15 19:13:40

Could you not train in another nursing area to take you out into the community/or school nurse? Could you move into nurse education?
I work for the NHS, but not as a nurse, so completely know where you are coming from.
I wouldn't like to work from home with children around. It would be even more stressful. What would you do in the school holidays?
It is shocking that you don't get a break! Have you spoken to the union about this?

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