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November 7th, 2011, 12:09 PM
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I was talking to one of my colleagues who lives in the UK the other day. She has a 4 day workweek and takes 80% of her regular salary. I guess it's very common in the UK (at least with my company) and most women after having a baby will take this reduced schedule. I was intrigued and thought about doing the same thing, if possible. Our taxes in the US are progressive, so we're taxed the highest on the highest $ we earn, and marriage is heavily penalized. I just realized that with DH's and my income together put us into the 33% federal tax bracket (which may be pumped up to 35% in the near future) and we also live in a state that adds on 9% state income tax. On top of that, our FICA tax will go back to 7.8% next year so that's a total of 49.8% of my salary (just the top 20% or so) that goes away to taxes right off of the bat. On top of that, I have to pay for childcare. I still come out ahead by working the 100% schedule, but it's only by a few thousand a year when all is said and done.

I asked my colleague how she liked working the 80% schedule and she said that overall she enjoyed it. However, she wasn't sure if it was really 80% of the work. She thought she might end up with 85%-90% of the workload compressed into 4 days, but at least she had one day completely off. She also thought that she might get passed over for promotions because she's "just" a part-time employee, but as the mother of a young child she doesn't care about promotions now (and neither do I).

Would you take this option if you could? I'm actually considering bringing it up with my manager for 2012. I'm going to be teaching courses online in addition to my regular job and I'll be insanely busy anyway.
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November 7th, 2011, 12:22 PM
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I would take it in a heart beat too if I could. In fact I considered asking about it before coming off of maternity leave. Given all the stuff that's happened over the past 3 months, I'm quite happy I hadn't gone straight back to part time off maternity leave, but now things are settling down, I'd be thrilled if it were just a common option.

But your friend is probably right about being overlooked for promotions, bonuses and compensations, and probably about not seeing an actual reduction in responsibilities. The only problem I would potentially have in that situation is not getting a fair workload responsibility to recognition and compensation ratio.
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November 7th, 2011, 12:26 PM
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But your friend is probably right about being overlooked for promotions, bonuses and compensations, and probably about not seeing an actual reduction in responsibilities. The only problem I would potentially have in that situation is not getting a fair workload responsibility to recognition and compensation ratio.
This is my biggest concern. I wonder if I would simply be taking a voluntary pay cut! I would definitely get out of whatever meetings were scheduled that day, but I'm guessing my manager would want me to schedule my day off for a day when I don't have many meetings, or reschedule them to other days anyway.
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November 7th, 2011, 01:02 PM
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This is my biggest concern. I wonder if I would simply be taking a voluntary pay cut! I would definitely get out of whatever meetings were scheduled that day, but I'm guessing my manager would want me to schedule my day off for a day when I don't have many meetings, or reschedule them to other days anyway.
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November 7th, 2011, 03:51 PM
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I would love to. I would love to work from home watching children but that isn't happening right now.

we need the full time pay financially.
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November 8th, 2011, 11:56 AM
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YEP Mariah! I would...
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November 8th, 2011, 05:38 PM
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I would love to do that and, at this point, we could make it work financially. I wish it was an option (sigh).
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November 12th, 2011, 08:34 PM
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It wouldnt work for us. We would still be paying the same amounts for everything with me bringing in less. Daycare in the area isnt part-time friendly. We already pay for a full week when she only goes 4 days a week (and only 5-6 hours a day).

I think we could make it work for us if bf was presented the option but not me. I wish it werent that way, because in my heart I would LOVE to only work 4 days a week and get to spend 3 days being a full time mom.
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November 16th, 2011, 06:25 AM
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I am lucky to work at a company that allows me to work from home if I am sick, my son is sick or I am having daycare issues. I also have a great schedule where I get out at 3:30/4. I constantly say to my husband I would LOVE to work 32 hours instead of 40 though.
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