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Workplace worries May 6, 2010

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I started back at work after maternity leave on 6th April and its not bad but its not going great either.  I work in an office full of men.  The only other woman there is the receptionist.  I don’t mind this, I’ve always had men friends and get on with them all ok, but since returning to work I just don’t feel like I’m being treated equally due to now being a ‘part-timer’. 

While I was off work, I took and passed my final accountancy exam.  Now, if this had happened while I was in work I would have immediately been given a payrise.  I was paid last Friday and am I now rich?  No, I now get 3/5 of what I did before.  Lucky me, eh?  I haven’t brought this up as 1) I hate confrontation and 2) I’m not actually sure I do anything more to justify a payrise, other than now having letters after my name.

Its not all about the money though.  In the last 2 weeks I’ve done a whopping 2 actual accountancy jobs and the rest of my time has been spent doing things that a junior could do and to be honest its very demotivating. 

I’m undecided what I should do really.  I like the people I work with, its only a 15 minute drive from home and they’re really flexible, but surely I deserve more?  8 years of studying, 8 years accountancy experience to be treated as though I’ve just started out?  On the other hand, whats the chances of me finding another job, less than an hours commute, with a half decent salary, that’ll let me work part-time? 

I think I’ll give it to the end of the year then review things again.  In the meantime I’ll just have to work my arse off trying to prove a point!

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1. bumbling - May 8, 2010

I am so with you here. I went back 3 days a week to my “career” (lawyer) when Moo was 10 months.

You do have to accept, I think, some restrictions. I have to leave at 5 on the dot to pick moo up. So I shouldn’t be surprised that I don’t do as well as colleagues who stay late and put in extra hours. But if others got a payrise for getting qualifications, I would want that too…

Do you have an appraisal system? Is it worth asking your boss for a “back to work” review to discuss your role and objectives? At least then you’ll know what the deal is, and whether it’s one you’d like to accept.

b4kersgirl - May 9, 2010

We don’t really have an appraisal system. Its quite a small office so not really a need for one I guess.

I know I’m never going to ‘progress’ in my job as much as others but I’m not bothered about that, I’ve never been hugely career-minded anyway.

Guess I’ll stick it out for a few more months and see how things are. Thanks for commenting though, nice to know I’m not on my own!


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