I am at an IT job that I was very fortunate to get, but hasn't been the best fit for me. However since this is a local government agency, people don't get terminated easily.
When I was in my first trimester I was always dog-tired coming into work but my supervisor and co-workers were understanding of this.
Now in my second trimester I am getting my energy back but I am dealing with lot of stress because I suddenly became a single mom (I'm expecting in Oct 2014), so my work quality had taken a hit.
I want to get my focus back because that's what I'm being paid for.
My question is, how and when do I approach my supervisor or HR about my desire to telecommute after my 12 weeks maternity leave is exhausted. I want to be there for my child during feedings AND I also want to deliver excellent work to my organization.
Where I work, they give tasks, but they don't give deadlines. So how do I prove that I am an employee worthy enough to be trusted to telecommute (and go above and beyond expectations)?
I'm a full-time unioned employee .... I haven't spoken to HR yet .... will address more of these helpful comments and answers later
All your answers are great. The answer that says to emphasize this is temporary arrangement really hit a chord. And also, going back to office once or twice a week, and having someone bring the baby to office during feeding times (my office won't mind this one bit, there is even a small room in the ladies room for this type of thing).
Today I started being proactive and forced myself to focus on my tasks (still dealing with other emotional things right now, but that shall pass)
Your answers gave me a lot to think about .....