‘My boss lied about my flexible job – now I feel duped and want to quit’

A fuming mum has taken to the internet to vent about how her employer enticed her into the role with flexible working arrangements, but it turns out it was all one big lie

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The employer offered hybrid working, but it wasn’t written in the contract (stock photo)

A furious mum has said she wants to quit her job after she claims her boss lied to her about flexible working arrangements.

She took to Mumsnet to say that she joined a new organisation at the end of 2021, and was offered a hybrid working arrangement where three days would be in the office, and she could work from home the other two days.

Additionally, staff were told they would also be able to work from home if their children were sent home if they were sick.

Annoyingly for the mum, who accepted the job because it was flexible, she claims this isn’t actually the case.

Her post reads: “What has actually transpired is that we are required to be in the office every day, and may be able to work from home if absolutely necessary.

“However, if we take flexibility in a given week, we have to ‘make up for it’ the next week by showing up every day.

“I am commuting 90 minutes each way and explained at the outset that flexibility was enormously important to me because of this, and would be one of the most influential factors in my decision to take any job offer.

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“I feel completely duped, the majority of people doing my job in other companies are either on a hybrid model or fully remote.”

She then asked fellow parents whether they think she is a bad person to hand in her notice over this. She said she has never left a job after only a few months but feels very strongly that she has been fooled and that her employer is being unreasonable.

Many people rushed to ask about what the contract says, because if the contract states hybrid working, then she should just point that out to her manager.

One user said: “We’re the hybrid working terms explained in an email? If so you could try arguing that they are contractually binding (providing you haven’t signed something later that says otherwise).”

Another said: “Speak to them first and point out you accepted the role on the basis it was hybrid working. They may just shrug and waffle of course but if they realise you’re willing to leave over it they might have a rethink. You’ve nothing to lose by raising it if you’re prepared to quit anyway.”

The original poster replied to explain that there was sadly nothing written into the contract, leaving them exposed.

She wrote: “They haven’t written anything into contracts yet, many companies haven’t as it is still early days in the grander scheme of things.

“I was told that while it wouldn’t be written into policy, I would absolutely have flexibility to work from home 2 days a week and in circumstances where I needed to. This was a huge focal point of discussion prior to me accepting the offer. I am now leaving my house at 7.30am every morning and not arriving home until 7pm.

“We’ve now also been told that if there are children at home while we are working from home, that we need to take annual leave or unpaid leave. This part I understand to a larger extent, but where I live we are still in a scenario where children are being sent home from school for daring to cough!”

Someone reassured the upset mum commenting: “Of course you can hand your notice in if a job isn’t what you want. Why would you think otherwise?”

Another commenter tried to help by writing: “I understand you handing in your notice if it’s a dead end, but an absolutely explicit chat with your manager/HR should be your first step to see if you can work something out.”

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