Do you record your calls? You'll regret it if you don't. Its a pretty long story, so please bare with me My wife has been working for a large insurance company for approx 8 years, in their accounts department. We had our first daughter back in , and my wife took maternity leave for 9 months i think! She has since returned to work on a part time basis. Her part time hours are Wednesday 1pm For the first year, this seemed to work ok as my wifes sister could take my daughter on a Wednesday and Thursday and my mum could have her on a Friday.
At the time, i didnt work weekends so i could look after her on a saturday. My wifes sister went back to work part time and could no longer look after our daughter on wednesdays and thursdays, so we looked into alternative child care. Eventually, we decided upon using a nursery which is actually located at my wifes place of work for staff. Luckily for us, the time pattern they worked to was wednesday afternoons and thursday all day, so it was perfect for us. About 8 months ago, i was given a promotion at work and with that came extra responsibilities meaning i would have to work most saturdays.
Its been a real struggle trying to find a babysitter on saturdays, and there have been many occasions when my wife has been unable to go to work on saturday as we had no childcare. Now my dughter is a little older, and moved to the next class at nursery, we had the opportunity to sign her up to do a full day on both wednesdays and thursdays.
This prompted my wife to ask for a change to her working hours, and work a full day on wednesday instead of the saturday mornings. This would have worked out perfect us.
My wife had asked her managers about the possibility, and also her HR department, but all asked for it to put in writing as an official flexible working hours request. So we did, as pasted below. I would like this working pattern to commence from: A place has come available for my daughter to attend the nursery all day on Wednesdays which would enable me to work extended hours I am unable to arrange regular child care on a Saturday morning, as my husband has weekend work commitments which cannot be amended.
Accommodating the new working pattern I think the effect on my employer and colleagues can be dealt with as follows: I am certain the tasks I currently undertake on a Saturday morning can be completed by others.
If this is found not to be the case, I would be willing to assist training another member of the team to deal with any issues that may arise whilst I am not at work. Sharing my skills and expertise with other members of staff would also benefit the company by widening the skill base of employees Whilst not working Saturday mornings may have a minor impact on the ability of the business to meet customer demand, it should be remembered that by working extended hours on a Wednesday I would be able to respond to customer need for more hours of the day.
Improving my work-life balance will help my morale, motivation and commitment to the business. Flexible working is essential for me to manage my family commitments, and granting my request would enable me to stay within the company and am not forced to look elsewhere. I am aware of alternative departments within the company that are not required to work every Saturday, and have been made aware that there may be a position available.
Please consider me for this if it is a feasible option. I would also like to add that I would be willing to work occasional Saturday mornings, when I am able to arrange sufficient child care, although I could not commit to regular patterns of Saturdays e.