From the article: 6 Steps to a Schedule With Flexible Hours
Does anybody really love her work schedule? Actually, yes! But even more people hate their work schedule and long for the flexibility to set their own work hours. Please share the things you love -- or hate -- about your work schedule here. Share Your Experience
Work per contract
- I work 7a-3:30p, M_F--it works out great with daycare & hubby's schedule--I can usually pick our son up from daycare. I often work over-time though, so on those days hubby has to do both drop-off and pick-up, as well as dinner, bath, story, bed, and I don't get to see baby as much. I know it's worth it though, because I never know how long each contract is going to last, so I take all the over-time I can get, then I have breaks in-between contracts. I also don't have to agree to be available for jobs if I'm on vacation with my husband--I can sort-of set my own availability, but have to work with shop schedule. So far it's working out, though hubby would like a little more predictability--sigh... it's better than unemployment. :)
- —Guest Melissa
What to do?
- I'm still single and after I graduated college I worked in call center because of debt issues. After 8 months the debt was finally paid and I'm working now in a software/hardware company as a project scheduler.My shift time was 8-5 am but then because of a new project My new sched will then be 12-9am.I hated it because from where I live it's very dangerous at night.I talked to my boss about this but he wasn't eager to help.What should I do? I'm thinking to transfer another job but I'm still 3 months old in this company that's why I'm confused.
- —Guest I like my job but hated the time sched
Split Shift Work at Home
- I currently have a split work shift. I work 8am to noon, then have 3 hours off and then 3pm to 7pm Tuesday - Saturday. And I love it! I suffer from severe chronic pain and migraines and it allows me to lay down during my offtime. I can also attend doctor's appointments during my lunch break.
- —Guest berrymorin
works for me but not for growth
- Part time work gets me work life balance. Personally very satisfying experience, but careers wise, for me there is going to be no growth or promotion. Not to mention the official joke on my being not available when I dont work. I think this concept is still at infancy stage and will take years for people to accept it as way of life...
- —Guest thread
What about Summers?
- I'm currently working a temporary part time job but there has been some noise about possibly being able to stay on. Currently I come to work after dropping my eldest off at school and leave in time to pick my youngest up from school. So far I've missed a few classroom parties but otherwise it's perfect. My concern is, if they offer to make it permanent, what do I do during the summer? I may be able to negotiate different hours/ days, but I'm actually not sure what would be best? I am fortunate enough to have very supportive family so I would most likely not have to pay day care. I am considering asking to work T, W, Th so I can have a 4 day weekend every weekend with the kids. Does anyone have any suggestions?
- —Guest Gray
FLEXIBLE WORK SCHEDULE
- WORK FROM 7:30 TO 1645 M-F,FREE WK ENDS TO BE WITH MY FAMILY ,ENGAGING IN RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES,AND CLEAR PENDING ISSUES OF THE WEEK. I HATE OVERTIME WORK.I AM SATISFIED WITH THIS WORK SCHEDULE THOUGH IT LEAVES ME WITH LESS TIME TO DO OTHER ACTIVITIES/PART TIME WORK DURING THE WEEK.HOWEVER LOVE FOR MY JOB MITIGATES ON THE HECTIC WORK SCHEDULE OF THE WEEK DAYS.
- —Guest musonda
Part Time Work
- I have been working part time evenings and one Saturday for 3 years. I liked it at first, but now I want to be home on Saturdays. Unfortunately my employer requires at least one weekend day.
- —Guest chrism
love being a working mom!
- I work 40 hours a week, 8-4:30 M-F, but I love that my hours can be flexible so I can be w/ my child as often as possible; I can scoot over to her daycare for lunch and to help her down for a nap or I can flex my time occasionally; it really fits my need/desire to work in my profession but be a good mom to my little girl.
- —Guest Alix
Love my flexible schedule!
- I work full-time but I have a very flexible work schedule, including the ability to work remotely. I have the World's Best Boss and the ability to have this arrangement is worth so much to me!
- —Guest OrangeFish
LOVE: Split Shift 30/10
- I have a split shift and a flexible schedule. I work 30 hours/week in the office, which coincides exactly with the hours my kids go to school. Then I work an additional 10 hours/week from home, any hours I want. Typically I do this in 3 nights per week after my kids have gone to bed and sometimes a few hours on Saturday. That way I still have 2 nights a week off to hang w/hubby (who works most nights anyway) or chill w/friends or just whatever. I don't have to pay for daycare this way either! I can be with my kids when they are home and they can hang with me while I'm working on my laptop on the sofa. Best of both worlds!
- —Guest Melissa
- Since having a baby I work 4 days a week - which is great! I love having the extra day home, usually it is a Friday. I hate that the other four days, I don't get a ton of time with my baby though! I have about a 40 minute commute, leave around 8:30 and get home usually around 6:40. Wish I had a bit more time in the evening before her 8:00 bedtime. But, we definitely do get good quality time together at least, and I try hard to make our extra day of the week really special. In an ideal world, I would be able to telecommute 1 day per week to be able to get a bit more time in the morning and evenings with her.
- —Guest Casey K
Full Time, But Flexible
- I work full-time, at least 50 - 60 hours a week, but I am the manager/owner of the company so I can come and go as I choose. Generally, I start my day after 9 am and all the school/camp drop-offs and leave the office at 5:30 to get home for dinner (cooked by my husband). I spend the evening with the kids and generally go back to work after they go to bed. It works for me - not always perfectly - because I like my job as much as I love my family so it is not as stressful as when I hated my job. However, I am very lucky because (1) my husband is supportive and takes on half of the household duties and (2) I have the flexibility to take a morning or a day off whenever I want to.
- —Guest Guest EGL
30 hour week
- I work 30 hours a week in an office, pretty much any days and times I want from Monday to Friday. I have full time care for both kids. Love the flexibility and time to do errands on my own or take one kid to a class. Makes weekends much less hectic.
- —Guest VA mom of 2
4 days/week is perfect
- My workplace and boss have been very flexible. I have Fridays off so have a day to myself to exercise, do errands, general puttering. Just having a precious few hours of discretionary time makes the rest of the hectic week a bit more tolerable. That said, I'm also very flexible if something comes up at work and I need to switch a day or cover for something. To me,it's fairness on both sides.
- —Guest VAmom
i don't mind it, but i only have 1 kid
- i work from 7 to 4:30 for a federal agency. i work 9.5 hour days so that i can have every other friday off to spend with him. however, since i need to be at my desk at 7, i am gone before my son wakes up. so my husband does the morning routine with him, and i do the afternoon. this really works for us. my husband didn't get any one-on-one time with evan before i went back to work, and the two of them have now really bonded. plus i feel that we are now truly co-parents since we both have times when we are solely responsible for evan's well-being. it's a long day but i am off by mid-afternoon to get him, his daycare is walking distance from my office AND on the Mall so we often go out and sit out there and enjoy the sunshine and watch all the people, which he loves. i am not sure how well this will all work when we have a second child, but for now, my work schedule is fine with me.
- —Guest evansmommy
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