Post # 1
I am waiting to hear back from school as to whether or not I was accepted. In the meantime, I’ve been looking around at part time jobs just in case. I no longer will work full time if I am accepted to my grad program – something FI and I agreed on long ago, and I really appreciate his support!
Anyway, I’ve been looking and have something set up with a staffing agency for in May to go and talk to them…but I was reading the work handbook again last week and they have a section about Full Time to Part Time. It doesnt say how to do this or what the restricitions are, beyond the fact that you can no longer be on benefits (I’ll be on FI’s by then anyway) and you have to stay in the pension plan (no biggie). But if it is in there I feel as though it is fair game to talk about…
Have any of you ever asked your FT job if you could go PT? How did it go? Who did you talk to? I sort of want to talk to HR first, but I wonder if I should talk to my boss (she sometimes feels left out of the loop and it causes tension…that’s another story for another day LOL – drama!). I dont want to get my hopes up, but on the other hand, this seems like it would be the logical choice so that I dont have to find another job and they dont have to train another person for my position. Thoughts? Experiences?
Post # 3
I would talk to your employer. Does your job require a full time employee to get the work done? If so, they might not like the idea or would need another part time employee to fill the gaps. Doesn’t hurt to ask them though.
Post # 4
I did when I came back form maternity leave with my second. I talked to my boss about it first and she went to HR. HR then sent me the paper work to complete. I was still eligible for some benefits so not too much changed there.
I would start by talking to your boss, she would now more about the staffing needs of where you work then HR.
Post # 5
I did this with my last job, but a) it was a common thing to do, my company was very flexible (most of my bosses worked like 80% time to have more time home with their families, and many people work while going to school) and b) they knew I had gotten in to grad school, and I did this during my last few months of the job, so it was more of an easing my way out rather than quitting outright. actually, i went part-time for about 6 weeks while i took a class that was helping me prep for my grad program, then came back full time for about a month to help with a big project, and then quit for good. I spoke with my boss first, and then HR, because to actually take the time down I needed my supervisor’s permission, but if you aren’t sure of the policy, maybe asking HR first to clarify what the policy is first in the handbook is a good idea?
Post # 6
@finnaroo: That seems like a good idea. Our dept is very small and we have one HR person that handles us, which is why I thought about talking to her first. Asking her to clarify it would help me make a choice, I think. Then I could take it to my boss to discuss further.
I could get my work done if I worked three days/wk instead of five…and I think I would waste less time. A lot of my job is done on a rotating basis, so I have things due throughout the month but there are some days where I just sit here. We are not a super flexible company, but if it is in the handbook, then I feel as though it is fair game to be asked about.
Post # 7
I went from FT to PT to prn at work and I never spoke with anyone in HR about it. I just asked my boss if it was a possible and it went over well. It wasn’t a problem and she processed the paperwork or well maybe the department assistant did…not sure. I did it for school. Now I’ve graduated and had a difficult time getting a job and I am considering asking my boss if I can try to bump back up until I can get a job because I do not have insurance otherwise. (My work doesn’t higher my new position in my department so I can’t get a job there with my new degree). I am afraid to bring it up though because I think it will go over bad. Plus, I sort of feel like a failure going back full or part time because it has been 5 months since I graduated. Anyway, I think if I don’t have any more prospects in a week or two I will suck it up. If I were you just explain the situation to your boss…the worst that they could say is that they don’t have any part time oppurtunities I guess. I keep telling myself it should be the same way for me trying to go back to increased hours.
Post # 8
I have two coworkers who have gone to part-time due to children. They don’t get as much vacation time and the retirement is affected in some way as well. Where I work, PT is anything less than 40 hours but I worked somewhere else where it was less than 32 hours. It’s important to know what they consider PT. Financially, it still works for them but I know the rest of us are scrambling to make up the other 1/2 of the time they aren’t there.