Want a flexible schedule? Tips for making your case
How to gauge the possibility of success and develop a pitch for your manager
Although some have famously pulled flexible schedules off the table (hello, Yahoo), the possibility of working from home or nontraditional hours is still in play in many companies.
If that's something you want to pursue, just how do you do it?
Flexible schedule advocate Brie Reynolds says first you should gauge your company's predisposition to the idea by answering the following:
- Do they already offer casual Fridays, generous personal time off or impromptu early closures?
- Are you casually allowed to work from home for a day or two each week or month?
- Or is your company more of a traditional office environment with fairly rigid work schedules?
If you answered No to all of the above and strongly desire flexibility, Reynolds says you may need to consider another employer more supportive of the concept. If you answered yes to a combination of the above, she says it’s time to develop your pitch.
"This can’t be a spur-of-the-moment conversation," she notes. "Take time to create a formal proposal outlining your request for work flexibility. The proposal should include the type of flexibility you want, a plan for putting it into place and how you’ll maintain or improve your work performance as a result. Your proposal should be less about why you’ll benefit from flexible work, and more about how your employer will benefit."
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