Making life easier
My usual shift was 6am to 2pm, but when my daughter started school this didn’t really work for me. I was really anxious about asking to change my hours, however, my manager and the depot were extremely accommodating and understood the situation we faced.
I now work 6.30am to 2.30pm throughout the week, which gives me enough time to pick my daughter up straight from school.
My wife even asked her employer if she could work different hours and the request was turned down, which makes me feel so lucky that I work for someone who cares about their colleagues.
Over the past few years, I’ve recommended friends and family to the Co-op based on my own experiences. As a trainer myself, we spend a lot of money on new starters, so I feel it’s important that companies look after colleagues and do what is right for them.
Warehouse Operative and Trainer
I have two children, so the hours I work have to fit around childcare. When I put in the flexible working request, it was approved straight away.
There’s never an issue as long as I work my contractual hours. I now work part-time across four days a week. And some weeks I’m also offered overtime, which helps financially.
My husband also works for the Co-op and he’s had to change his hours too. He’s currently working the night shift and he agreed with his managers that he’d work 9pm – 5am, so he’s home to look after our children before I have to leave for work.
We both love our jobs and couldn’t see ourselves working anywhere else. We’re so fortunate that we have a supportive employer who understands our other commitments.
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