One of the best ways to make a switch into part-time work is often to "prove your worth" by working full-time for a company first. This way they know what a great employee you are and will often work with you to accommodate a new situation where they wouldn't consider a part-time request from a new candidate.
However, we are not always in that position when taking on part-time work but the rules of negotiating what you want are the same. So, when thinking about a part-time role, keep a few things in mind.
- What is "part-time" for your employer? For example, I work with female solicitors for whom 40 hours is considered "part-time"- a break from the 60 hours a week they are normally expected. Is it 17.5 hours or 25 hours (since most people work 50 hours at your office realistically).
- If you want school holidays off to be with your children ( or even just to work fewer hours during those periods) make sure you negotiate that up front as well.
- Clearly negotiate what of your current work-load gets delegated or dropped. Do not let yourself fall into the position of having to cram 40 hours of work into 3 days as that will leave you stressed and earning just 60% of your previous salary for the same amount of work!
- Ask your employer to pay for your web access, laptop and even a new land line if necessary – as there are many cost benefits to them from you working from home as well!