I’m wrapping up my leave after baby, and really not sure if I want to go back to this job. I had no paid leave so having to give or work back maternity leave pay is a non-issue. At a high level, the company is not doing great - there’s talk of layoffs and pay cuts, I was working 50+ hr weeks and pretty miserable. I won’t have help with the baby until Sept (my parents return to town), and I don’t make enough to warrant a nanny. We’ll be able to live on one salary for easily a year or more …cont

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Nope. Nothing is worth missing out on baby, especially for a company where you don't see growth, big opportunity, or feel supported.
We are hiring. Reach out if you are interested, now or preferably after you've enjoyed the wonderful first year at home with baby (please try to get a bit of sleep at least one day!).
Mom of 1 who is 1.

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Sure!

I personally wouldn’t go back to a 50+ hour week job. That’s a lot of hours for a job you don’t enjoy (and you’ll likely enjoy it less when your competing priority is a baby you want to spend time with). I’d make the decision based on whether you actually want to be a SAHM. I’d consider Daycare/nanny cost as an investment cost to help you stay in the workforce if you want to be there. But, however, if you’re excited about the SAHM role, and you can afford it, go for it! If your industry is fast paced and you worry about being out of the loop for too long, there are likely ways you can stay connected and relevant - if not a part time gig, then perhaps going to networking lunches every once in a while, etc.

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Well, there is a huge labor shortage so if there was ever a time to do it, this would be that time. I guess you’d have to be okay if either you found a job fast like within a couple months or if it took longer like maybe 6-9 months. If you go on with your eyes open and take advantage of the labor market it might be a win-win! Of course it’s going to feel weird at first, but you might find the adjustment is easier than you thought. You won’t know if you don’t try. Good luck with your decision!

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So losing my income isn’t a huge huge deal. I figure if I put in my notice, I can spend more time with the baby and avoid daycare or a nanny ($!), and focus my free time on finding a new role. But I just feel insane quitting a job and not having anything lined up. It seems like a risk, even if long term it is a no-brainer. Has anyone else done something similar? Or even just quit a job with nothing lined up?
I’m open to working 1-2 days a week if my company is open to it, but it’s unlikely. Any/all advice appreciated!

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Me! After my 2nd child was born we agreed i would stay home as long as possible. Took a leap of faith. It only lasted about 14 months bc we’re paying into cobra (insurance). When we could no longer make it work I got another job without a hitch. I’m so happy that I had that time. You have your partners support. I say go for it!

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They only thing I’d add is make sure you can pick up spouses health insurance for all involved.

The job requires you to work 50+ hours but offers no paid leave? I wouldn’t hesitate at all about quitting. So not worth it…

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Yeah I got short term disability for pregnancy and then it was just my banked PTO which I saved all year. It’s partially what I want to leave too. I’m just pissed.

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