Post # 1
Wondering if any of you presented your employer with a proposal to be able to work from home after your baby was born. DH and I were talking and it and if we were to put the baby in daycare it would basically eat up everything I brought home. We both feel then that I might as well stay at home.
With my current job I could totally transition it to a position at home. I work for a diabetes supply company and I assist patients with getting their insulin pumps and supplies. All of my work is done on the computer and phone. Any paperwork that I need is faxed or scanned to me right now, so it would be easy to continue this from home.
Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions or advice!
Post # 3
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That sounds like a great idea! I work from home as a graphic designer, and though I’m basically self employed, it sounds like a lot of the same. Mostly phone and computer work all around. You may still want to include a week or two of maternity leave, because I’m sure you’ll be exhausted after birth and will need some time to get back in the swing of things. Other than that, good luck!
Post # 4
I’ve heard of companies requiring their employees that work from home to show proof that there is child care in place (concern that productivity will decrease if the employee is watching their children and not working as much). Keep in mind that your employer might expect you to have a child care plan.
I don’t have kids, but I’ve heard it is possible to work from home and take care of the baby when they are very young, but once they are mobile its MUCH harder to get work done.
Post # 5
Are you me?? 🙂
My husband and I were JUST talking about this. Basically I love my job but it’s a very small co. and I haven’t gotten some raises due to the finances just not being there (they actually let people go) – so paying for daycare doesn’t make much sense. I’m trying to figure out how get them to allow me to work from home part of the day and come into the office in the afternoon (once my husband gets home from school) and as needed for client meetings.
The way I THINK I’m going to do it is to start the discussion about my maternity leave, then ask about the posibility of me working part of my day from home on a probabtionary period, like 2 months. If it turns out that it’s not working then we can re-evaluate – that way they don’t feel like they’re locked into it, but I get the opportunity to try to make it work.
My main points are
1) I’m very familiar with the job, and I’m good at it (so no training a new employee)
2) They’re paying me less than I’m worth (so anyone they’d pay similarly wouldn’t have my experience)
3) I’d still be in the office daily to meet with anyone (so not missing out on anything)
4) It doesn’t have to be a definite decision if there’s a probationary period
But I’m still really nervous about bringing it up.
Post # 6
You need to be careful, like texasmeredith they may require you to prove you have child care. I know my company is not tolerant of people staying home to take care of children, ie working from home for a sick child, or during the summer because of lack of child care. I don’t think that they will encourage you to do it either, having a young child is very distracting and will definetly cut into ur daily productivty.
Post # 7
Wow Camrie, we do have similar situations! I am very nervous too, but I have worked for my manager for 3 years, then he sold the company and restarted it and I have been here another year and a half. He knows my work ethic and my passion for helping people. This is a small family owned company. I wish my hubby was as flexible as yours, however he sometimes doesn’t do into work until 10am and then he is home around 3ish. Also when he takes call he will come home the next day and nap for a few hours and then be up the rest of the day. This would give me time to go into the office for meetings/ paperwork swap.
@texasmeredith and petunia, those are good points. We had thought about asking our neighbor down the street who is retired to help watch the baby if I did go back to work, but she and her husband both smoke in their house. If she was willing to come down to my house for the day this could work out. That and hopefully we could pay her less than the crazy prices we have been seeing at the local daycares.
Post # 8
@puppylove: Well best of luck to you! I’ve been with my co. 4 years but like yours it’s very small. I don’t think my company would require the proof of child-care as my work would speak for itself (I’m a graphic designer) but like you I’d need a solution for days I had meetings or definitely needed to be in the office the entire day. Perhaps there’s a home-run day-care that wouldn’t charge you weekly? Never hurts to ask. 🙂
Post # 9
knowing that you are requesting this arrangement because you’re expecting a baby, they will probably request proof of child care.
working from home is NOT a substitute for child care and should not be abused as such. do you have an extra bedroom? an au pair is a great, more affordable option for child care (as long as you have room to house them).
Post # 10
I also work for a small company and was working from home prior to the baby. Small as in 3 people. I’ve been with the company for over 9 yrs. My boss was very open to discussing options with me. Like @camrie: due to the size of the company and economy I’ve missed MANY raises over the years.
Right now I am working part time from home w no childcare help. My goal is 5hrs/day – 25 hrs/wk. I am making 25/40’s of my original salary. We’ve agreed to discuss monthly how things are going and adjust.
This is a win/win for my boss since he can keep me as an employee and doesn’t have to pay me as much!
Some days I get all 5 hrs in during Warren’s naps. Other days I work nights/weekends to get all my projects done. I have to plan my conference calls around naptime – and sometimes Warren is sitting on my lap through them. When I meet my boss for lunch – Warren comes 🙂 If I need to make a client visit (usually involves full day of travel) my husband will take off work. I have other friends around town that are usually able to help for an hour or two if needed – but I haven’t used them yet. It’s definitely NOT EASY – my days have to be planned and I have to be focused! Luckily Warren is a great napper and happy go lucky baby which helps!
Depending on your situation it is very possible to create an arrangement that will work for you and your employer. My motto is ‘It never hurts to ask’.
My brother works for a National Organization and he works from home on Wednesday’s. His wife works 1/2 days from home on M/F (she works for the city of Charlotte – another large organization). They have childcare on T/Th when they both work out of the house.
Post # 11
Unless this is YOUR family’s company, I doubt they will let you work from home at all if you are the primary caregiver during that time for your child. That’s kind of unfair to everyone else who not only has to trudge in every day and stay the whole time, but they aren’t able to run errands or do household work while at work. Plus like others have said, you will be unable to work at unpredictable times when your baby is fussing or eventually running around.
I think it might make more sense for you to propose some kind of a part time schedule that would help you drastically reduce daycare costs. Maybe you can cut your hours during the week to leave early every day, or only work M-W, whichever makes sense. Asking for them to continue to pay your full time salary when you are now splitting your work hours between a baby and your job isn’t very fair.
Also, like someone else suggested an au-pair might be a great option. The only downside is they live with you, so you can only do this if you have a 2nd bedroom. But they are waaay cheaper than daycare and you could then ask to work from home part time while showing proof of childcare.
Post # 12
@moderndaisy: I think it depends on your job, I’m certaining not expecting that ALL my work will be done between 9-5.
We have billable goals. So assuming I can meet or exceed my goal, I doubt my company would take issue with WHEN I billed those hours, because they’d still be making the same amount of profit.
Currently I’m up at 6 am – but our office doesn’t open till 9-9.30 – there are 3 hours I could work on projects before my husband leaves, additionally I plan on spending 3 hours in the office daily – so in my situation I only need to get 2 hours of professional work done during the time I’m “working from home”.
Post # 13
I just wanted to give an update to my question I posted earlier and wanted to thank everyone for their responses.
This morning I sat down with my manager and announced my news to him. He was genuinely happy and excited for me. Because I felt comfortable (again this company is small and like family) I explained our financial situation and how if I was to play the baby in full time day care I would not be able to continue working. I then said I had a proposal for turning my position into a telecommuting one, and before I even had a chance to go into it, he told me it was totally doable!! Infact, a gal in our California office who does exactly the same thing as me works from home and comes into the office a max of one day a week there. The best part about this is when we move in a year and a half I will be able to keep my job! What a huge relief! Just wanted to share 🙂