Thursday, January 24, 2008

Working Women

Are you planning on a different work schedule after the adoption?

Once back home from China, did you have an approved amount of "vacation" time with a plan to gradually increase your work schedule back to "full time"? That's what I plan to do and I did have a tentative agreement with the "boss" back when we started this journey. Of course, that boss is no longer my boss.

So then I read this at Giorgia Danette. This hit home for me.
Will I take some of this advice - you bet! Thank you to the BTDT women (and author Lee Lusardi Connor)!!

Since Donna asked about my plans - here they are. First, I will define what "vacation" days mean - they are not just vacation. At our workplace they are called "leave" time which includes sick days. We have no sick days as you are given the choice to manage all "leave" as needed. So I cannot use all my leave; must keep a minimum of two weeks in the "bank".
So with that, here's my wonderful secret - I will have a SAHD (Stay at Home Dad)! My DH is retired so he will be the daily care-giver (love'n, hugg'n, play'n daddy!).
I will take off from work one week before the travel date and the two weeks over in China.
I will then take six weeks vacation "leave" when we are home (I may be able to take more depending on what I have in the bank at the time of our referral). The first two weeks at home will be intense bonding at home. The next two weeks will be traveling to introduce her to our out of State families; then back home for more 24/7 time with Lizzy. I will then return to work for two - three days per week for four weeks, then full time again. My full time hours are very long considering my commute. I leave the house at 5:30 a.m. and usually return home by 6:00 p.m. I do have to go into work at rare times on the weekends or odd hours depending on technical problems or equipment failures.

So my total "vacation" days I need in the "bank" are 53 days or about 11 weeks. Right now I have 15 weeks saved but I am still stingy with my time as I need to return to work with a few weeks for sick time and vacations. That's the plans!


OziMum said...

I do most of my work from home, and only work at the office, one day a week! We put this into place about a year ago... thinking we would have Mini by now?!! Ha!

Donna & Joe said...

Unfortunatly, I will be a full-time working momma. It's not the way I want it, but that's just the reality.

I work for a local government and they allow an 18 week maternity leave and I will be taking every single second of it. I'll be using a combination of vacation and sick leave, but I've been with the city for almost 22 years now and I have a TON of time saved up. I'm thinking I'll take full days off for the first 17 weeks, then stretch my last full-time week off into two part-time weeks. I'm already dreading leaving Lauren at daycare and I know I'll need some adjustment time for her and me before going back full-time. I can already tell you right now that I'll be a basket case for the first few days.

My work schedule right now is 7am to 5pm except for Wednesdays I'm off at 12n. I also have the option of working 7am to 5pm with a full day off every other week or just straight 8-5. When I start checking into daycare, I'll have to figure out which schedule would work best.

What are your plans?

Donna :)

Emma said...

Our state government requires that at least one parent provides full time care for a minimum of twelve months. We are not permitted to place adopted children into child care for the first year home.

Thankfully I get the equivalent of maternity leave (12 weeks), plus long service leave (14 weeks) and holiday leave (whatever I've got banked up). I'm going to take them all at half-pay, so I'll end up being paid half-wage for the whole year or more.

I'll be taking the year off, and I don't ever intend to go back full time!!!! (famous last words?)