Transitioning from full-time to part-time in the same job?

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I’ve been a full-time DoD employee for over six years and I love my job. However, I would like to reduce my hours while my kids are young. No one here is currently part-time and no one wants to job-share. How hard is it to transition from full to part-time in the same job and how is it done?

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Asked on October 25, 2017 12:51 am
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Hi, Agencies can, but are not required to change a position from full to part time. You should talk to your manager and see if he or she is willing to change the position for you. Another alternative (if it works) might be telework for at least part of the time. You should recognize that if you change to part time, your benefits will be prorated. Hope this helps!

( at October 25, 2017 1:08 am)

Thank you! My position isn’t eligible for telework because of the nature of the work. I’ll talk to management about converting, though.

( at October 25, 2017 4:38 pm)
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Nancy’s response is correct in that the agency is not required to offer part time work and telework is not always available either. When it comes to your benefits, while working part time, your life insurance value will decrease and the amount you pay for health insurance, if you have FEHB, will increase as you will be responsible to pay a portion of the government’s contribution. For example, if you have family FEHB and you are permitted to work half-time, your will pay the full employee portion and half of the government portion, which could increase you premiums by as much as $550 per month, depending on the plan you have. Then, upon retirement, you will receive a pension based on your tour of duty compared to a full time employee with the same work history…for example, you work 20 years half time, you will receive credit for the full 20 years towards eligibility, but would only collect half the pension a full time retiree would collect.
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Answered on October 25, 2017 1:58 pm

Thank you!

( at October 25, 2017 4:39 pm)
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I was in the same boat about 10 years ago. I could not really picture how restructuring my job to part time would work. It seemed like a long shot. I work long hours in the field and there is always what seems like an overwhelming amount of work to do. It took about 3 months of pondering and then I wrote up a proposal to change my position to a job-share for my supervisor. It outlined everything – from the proposed schedule to office space requirements) It also included all the benefits my office would receive from the proposal (which there are many) and policies supporting such an arrangement. While at first my office was skeptical that there would be qualified interest in the workforce for just part time employment – they went ahead with the arrangement. SInce then I have had 2 job-share partners and both times the position did not sit empty for very long. Turns out, there was a lot of interest in that sort of position! There may also be interest in your position outside of your current office. I would encourage you to write up a proposal outlining all the specifics – how it would work, the benefits to the government in such an arrangement in general along with the nitty gritty details – how resources are shared (do you each get your own computer, desk space, etc). You may find your managers are more willing then you realize. Good Luck!
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