I'm going on holiday soon to visit my daughter for 2 weeks. I need to fully complete an "Application to Voluntary Reduce Working Hours" form at work. This form is complicated and I know that the more I can put on it, the better my case will be for being approved to reduce my working hours - if they are valid reasons of course.
I have been so worried about filling this form in. There is a lady who works in the same team as me who had a temporary arrangement to work one day less each week for the last year. Just before we broke up for the summer holidays (2 weeks ago) they said that because the temporary period has now expired, she is now required to go back up to work five days when she resumes work in September.
I am concerned because, now I want to reduce my own hours on medical grounds, they will automatically say 'no' because this other lady's appeal has since failed. I'm thinking they won't approve my application because they didn't approve hers, and that it might look like favouritism or something.
Since my 2-level fusion last year - and the type of work I do, i.e. working with babies/toddlers (on the floor) as well as constantly bending over to support primary and secondary school kids - my back pain has steadily got worse. I am now on the same medication I had before surgery and as for depression, well, I don't think I need to go there!
Financially it is vital that I carry on working even if it's on reduced hours (I'm hoping for 29 instead of 37 hours) - though I know now that full time is not a realistic option, but I'm at a loss to think of any more things to support my application. So far I have:
Increased back/leg pain
Strong medication affects concentration
No work-life balance
No social life (because I sleep for most of the evening when I get home, therefore, not much relationship with my hubby either)
Fatigue (trying to work full time is totally knocking me out)
I would be a better, happier employee for working 4 days (instead of 5) because I would be rested fully, i.e. on a Wednesday, and could give more of myself on the remaining 4 days.
I would be more confident and my self esteem would improve if I was in less pain having rested more.
If you can think of any more reasons why reducing my working week would help me, I would be so very grateful. I am racking my brains and just cannot think of any more. If YOU wanted to work fewer hours, what would you put down on a form? - how would working fewer hours benefit YOU and how would it benefit your team/service provision?
I have just come to a complete standstill and I've been working on it, off and on, for well over a week now! I know it will spoil my holiday if I cannot get it done beforehand because I will be worrying about it all the time. Am I missing anything that's obvious, but I just cannot see it?
Please can anyone help me further?
2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!