Six months after her baby was born, Amanda Sanchez stillcouldn't imagine returning full-time to her job inmarketing at Adobe's Lehi, Utah, offices. Her family'sfinances depended on it — but 40 hours a week away from her baby?"You become so attached, it’s so hard to think of being away for anhour at a time," she said.

She hoped to return to work with a more flexibleschedule, working from home at least a few days a week, but shehadn't discussed it with her manager before going onleave. She figured she'd push for it once she got back."If it wasn't going to be offered, I’d look elsewhere for it,because it was important for me," she said.

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