Workplace worries

By | May 6, 2010

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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bumbling on May 8, 2010 at 10:56 pm.

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 on May 9, 2010 at 4:32 pm.

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!