How do others do it? I've noticed a real change since returning to work after mat leave. Decisions made behind my back with no consultation, being referred to when off as being ' on holiday', trying to manage expectations of others that I work x hrs a week instead of previous hours.
Fed up with people saying 'chicken ONLY works x days a week'
I think you will only be taken seriously if you are at an organisation where part time is the norm (i.e. public sector). There are also far higher levels of women in senior management in these type of organisations. If I had my time again I would go public sector route...
You will struggle if everyone works full time and the place is run by men. They just don't get it.
It's awful. I think you need to fight it actively by planning for it. So if there is a decision looming, you need to set it up as 'while this is due by Friday, as you aware aware I am not in the office on Fridays so we will need to have this wrapped up by Thursday'.
And every time a decision is made without you there, pull them up on it. 'John, I'm really concerned that this decision was made without getting my input. It's inappropriate given that you are aware of my working pattern, and of the arrangements for decision-making in emergencies when I'm not here. However this does not seem to have been an emergency.'
Are those making it difficult more senior or on the same level?