I experienced hostility from colleagues who resented the “flexible” working hours

While pregnant I had noticed that a colleague had been given a newly created job on her return from maternity leave (no team to manage and very much a “projects” role). After a few months she was made redundant.

Prior to starting my maternity leave my senior manager decided that one of my team was the best option for my maternity cover, but actually told me that once she had put this other person in the manager’s role she would not take it off her on my return. Alarm bells should have started ringing, but at 7 months pregnant and with a 70 mile daily commute I admit I had other things on my mind.

I did not want to return to work full time, but was told that a four day week would be the minimum acceptable to do the job properly, so this is what I agreed to. However, I was offered a newly created job with no team to manage. After five months I was made redundant, only being offered unsuitable roles to apply for.

During the five months I was there, I also experienced hostility from colleagues who resented the “flexible” working hours I had managed to get the company to agree to – one day a week I worked 7.30-4.00 in order to get to the day care nursery before it closed!

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