Hi, I know some of you ladies are knowledgeable about the flexible working act and wondering if you have any advice for me.
I'm on maternity leave and my employer has turned down my request for part time work based on the fact that half a resource (that's how they referred to me) can't fulfill the team requirements eg. they need a full time person.
Firstly, I was never specific about how many days I wanted to work. I purposefully kept this vague hoping to negotiate a number of days with them.
Secondly, I would not have expected the team to lise half a resource, and thought maybe jobshare was an option, or even that I coukd potentially move team as I work for a large department with many ongoing projects.
Those were just ideas anyway, and I thought I woukd get a chance to discuss those types of options before they refused my request.
I will be speaking to my boss and will raise these points. I was just wondering how far they have to go to accommodate my request? It is a large, successful company with hundreds of employees. Other people in the company have returned p/t, although not in my department. My dept has a much higher ratio of men however.
Any advice would be appreciated.