I'm thinking of doing this. I currently work five days a week and would want to go down to four.
A few reasons: I feel that I could get my job done in four days a week and might actually be more efficient (there are some very busy periods, but sometimes I faff around too much because I don't actually have THAT much to do, and in general it's certainly not a crazy busy job); I'd like a better work-life balance, would like to spend some more time on the stuff I consider personally important; I think it would be better for my health - I seem to be getting stressed and sick all the time, and there are probably a few factors but full time work doesn't help.
I am apprehensive for a few reasons. Partly I wonder how I would manage financially. I would have to be a good deal more strict with myself and probably wouldn't be able to put much aside at the end of the month. But I think I could probably manage if I did get more strict about budgeting and so forth.
I am also simply nervous about asking my boss. She is a bit of a dragon/control freak and might look at me like I'm insane and dismiss it out of hand. Then again, she might not. Saving the company a little money might appeal to them, and I genuinely think that I could pretty much get exactly the same work done in four days as I do in five. Or if it had an impact, it wouldn't be much. I do think also that it's more unusual for a single person to want to work part time. It's considered totally normal if you're a parent and I've certainly worked in industries recently where there were a lot of mothers working two, three, four days a week (to be honest, I felt that some of them had jobs where it wasn't suitable for them to work part time, or at least not less than four days...)
I like my job (except the control freak boss) but five days is just too much. Honestly. I know it's what most "normal" people do but I have a busy life outside work too with other things I consider very important, and sometimes I feel like both my work life and my outside life suffer because of working full time - work life because I'm exhausted all the time, and outside life because, well, I'm exhausted all the time...
Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone had experience with raising this with their boss, with working part time and how you manage the lower income (I'm single and live alone, btw), etc. Anything would be appreciated