Can a Full-Time Mom Work Part-Time?

by Karen Salmansohn, Columnist for A.M.-N.Y.

working momWorking mother -- Isn't that redundant? Even today's most savvy mom can feel confused about the benefits and trade-offs that come with working part-time. If you're considering cutting back to a more "flexible" schedule, here's the inside scoop.

1. Be ready not only for a pay cut -- but a "benefits cut." Often this amounts to losing the equivalent of 25 percent of your pay. The result: Day care expenses might exceed your earnings!

2. Be ready for a "prestige and promotion cut." You might feel frustrated watching full time friends gain status and promotions -- while you feel nervous merely making sure you remain needed and appreciated.

3. Be ready for a "big emotional promotion" and "family time bonuses." It's hard to put a price on the improvement in your overall quality of life – but you will feel a daily priceless bonus in connection with your loved ones.

4. Recognize that going part-time has benefits over going no-time. According to a recent report, taking one year off can result in one-third less pay over a 15-year career. Plus, trying to return, can prove frustrating when employer's request recent job experience. Also, keep in mind that you presently have no overriding legal right to get your full-time job back -- unless you have something in writing.

5. To request a part-time job, you need to describe what you want in writing to your boss, who then legally has 28 days to agree to your terms or meet with you to discuss them.

6. If you're not yet a mom, but hope to be, it might be smart to find work now in a progressive company -- one which you know will give the best benefits to part-time working mothers.

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