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I've had an e-mail reply from my boss saying he is happy for me to do reduced hours when I go back in March, but he wants me to do fridays as one of my days (I asked for mon, tues and thurs).
I really don't want to as J has a group he goes to on fridays and although my childminder can take him on a friday I would rather she didn't as she has a really hectic day already and J would just be messed around most of the afternoon. I am not happy with this so was avoiding fridays.
I want to say no and that the CM can't take him on a friday, but I don't want to piss him off that he won't consider my reduced hours.
What shall I do?
Is there a specific reason your boss wants you to work on the friday ? IE weekly meetings, appointments, something that can not be rescheduled and is an integral part of your job ?
(Sorry, just wondered, as if not, then it seems unfair he is requesting you work that day over days you would find more workable)
Working Fridays is pretty good IMO - everyone is relaxed because it's nearly the weekend. If you don't work Monday's you don't have your holidays dictated to you (ie bank hols are pro-rata'ed and added to your hol entitlement, if you work mondays you have to give them back for this!)
But, I can understand why you don't want to, but if the worse comes to the worse and you have to, working fridays is ok!
The reason he's given is people like to take fridays for long weekends so its difficult to cover work. I really don't want J exposed to all the tooing and froing that happens on a friday anyway.
I may reply and see what he says. I'm only planning to go back for 3 months anyway.
If it's only for 3 months, which is only 13/14 Fridays, then maybe J would be OK? Or maybe the issue is with your childminder, not work.
I agree with cheeky_biscuit - it can be good to work on a Friday.
I have decided I am going to reply to work saying I am prepared to work on fridays as long as I can leave at 3pm. My CM is prepared to take him friday, but he will be spending a considerable length of time in the buggy at the end of the day, which no-one is comfortable with.
I don't really have much of a choice with CM's she is the only one that can really take him. She is a lovely lady and is very experienced.
We will see what they say.
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