AFter child number two I went back to work full time and have gradually negotiated to part time status (3 days a week) to help with the family, stop the long commute and basically help concentrate on my husband’s business. While I have a very supportive team and I love what I do a couple of things started to happen:

- They don’t include you on any important projects because I only work part time and apparently it needs to be worked on full time

- Decisions are made while you are not there and nobody tells you, so you find out through the grapevine that you were supposed to be doing that new marketing proposal in a different way

- You’d think I had a disease the way they all say comments like – yeah but you have a young family; you are too busy to do this; you can’t work back next month because you have family

So I decided to do something about it. I spoke with my boss and we came up with a plan to try to help the communication within the office and that I don’t have a disease and I can actually commit to large scale projects. This has been going on now for a few months and is working much better. We have also worked some flexibility in so I can do some work from home to stop my long commute and this gives me space to not have meetings booked back to back when I am in the office.

Moral of my story is stay true to yourself and always discuss options and issues with your boss, you never know when it might lead to the job and situation that is right for you and your family.

Posted by gemair, 31st July 2013

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  • Sounds like you had the right approach and made it work.


  • That’s great that you have been able to speak to boss and find a solution.


  • Sometimes people can be hurtful without meaning to, by excluding us from things. It’s good that you had the courage to speak to your boss and that your boss was prepared to help out. I hope that everything continues to go well with you at work, and you continue to enjoy your work/life balance.


  • Good on you, I’m going through something similar and this talking about what’s right for you will be the only way to help yourself in most situations I think!


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