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Work From Home and In The Office

When I returned from 6 weeks of maternity leave I asked them to set up a home office connection to allow me to work 3 hrs per day at home and 3 hrs per day in the office for 30 hours per week during our slow winter season and then ramp up to 4 hrs at home and 4 hrs in the office as we got busier. I was incredibly pleased that my company agreed to my request as it involved them purchasing a second Macintosh computer for my home.

My supervisors encouraged me to take break time to pump milk in the office even when I was only there for 3 hours a day. I was considered full time working 30 or more hours a week so I maintained my health insurance, vacation and sick leave benefits.

This arrangement is still working for me and my company and my son is currently 15 months old. When he a little older I will go into the office 8 hours a day, but only work 4 days a week. If not for this flexible work environment I feel I may have quit my job and the company would have lost all the knowledge and 6 years of experience. In fact I was the most senior person in the department and had created much of the work-flow procedures and they struggled while I was gone.

For me personally my son has never had to be in day care as my husband works from home and is able to work and take care of the kid while I am needed in the office. My son also has been able to exclusively breast feed, a real benefit.

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