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On mat leave when should I request flexible working

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isitspringyet23 Wed 13-Mar-19 09:26:27

Hi All

I'm currently on maternity leave with my first baby. I am due to return to work in the summer. I would like to make a request to my employer to a change in my hours from 40 to 32 , I am just wondering when I should approach them with my request? Have any of you had similar experience.

Is it too early to approach them with my request considering I am not due to return for another 4 months? Or do you think I should ask immediately so if we all know where we stand?

Any advise is appreciated

Modestandatinybitsexy Wed 13-Mar-19 09:38:11

It's worth getting in touch with your line manager to start the ball rolling and see what the process is. I think I started the request with mine about a similar time frame.

I had to really think about what hours worked for me, and had a couple of back up options, then I had a meeting with my manager and when we had agreed I requested it officially with HR. It can take a while to all be signed off so there's no harm in doing it now.

Fingers crossed you get the hours you want

Isleepinahedgefund Wed 13-Mar-19 14:06:27

I'd get in touch now to at least see how the land lies. My work were very vague and "oh we'll discuss that nearer the time" but I was pretty confident about getting the flex working pattern I needed as I know the organisation well and the person who wqs ultimately making the decision, so it wasn't a worry.

If you need a particular pattern I'd definitely approach them now especially if a "no" means you'll be left in childcare disaster. Modest's idea of having a couple of backup plans re working patterns is a good one, just in case.

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