When I come back from maternity I think I will be putting in a request to change my hours. I currently work 9-5 Monday to Friday (37.5 hrs per week). I would ideally like to cut down to 28.5 hours over 3 days.
If this is not possible I would request 37.5 hours over 4 days. My question is when I put in my request, should I request both options in order of preference? Otherwise would I not have to wait a year to put in a second request if my first is not granted?
Secondly if I DO put in both options in order of preference, would my manager not just be inclined to offer me the second (less preferred) option as it is less hassle for her?
I think it entirely depends on the company, your team, and the work you do. I would go with your preferred option if there's opportunity for discussion and negotiation. But why don't you discuss with your manager first before putting in a formal request?