Are you tired of going to work and staying on your desk from 9 to 5? Are you hoping for a change in your work schedule?
If you answer yes to both questions, you are not alone. Many people nowadays hope to work at home or be able to change their work schedule.
Many wish to pursue better life quality outside of work and spend more personal time pursuing their passion or spending it with families. Fortunately, companies are seeing the benefit of offering flexible work options.
If you want to get a job that offers flexible work options or want to request it from your employer, here are 7 steps to follow to help you:
Do your research to know which employers offer flexible work schedules. Check their websites and check employee benefits.
You can also check forums, social media sites, or ask employees if employers do allow such arrangements. You should also research about what kind of flexible work you want.
2. Consider when to request
If you plan to request a work schedule change, you should know when to ask. You can request it during your interview or when you are starting a new family. Make sure you consider it carefully because it may affect your career chances.
One tip is to avoid asking for a work schedule change when your company is launching a new product or tiding through a crisis. You’ll likely be rejected and be seen disloyal to the company.
3. File your case
Once you decide that you want to request a flexible work schedule, present a written formal proposal listing the terms. This will show your boss that you are serious with your request. You should also request in person rather than sending your request in an e-mail.
4. Focus on the company’s goals
Working at home has a lot of benefits for the employee. However, you need to prove that working at home will help the company grow. You have to show that the company will benefit from the arrangement.
If this is your second job and have done work for home arrangements before, tell your employer about it.
5. Answer your manager’s issues
It will not be uncommon to face opposition from your manager if you ask for a flexible work option. Some may fear that you will be harder to monitor or contact if you work at home. Your performance may also be affected.
Show your manager your plan on how these issues will be addressed. For example, you can agree on a time on when you can report or use a work timer your employer can look at to monitor your work.
6. Know what is at stake and what to sacrifice
If you are requesting a flexible work option, you may need to agree to any concessions the company will ask to grant your request. Look at the possible things you can agree with before you sort out a compromise, like a lower salary or a different work assignment.
You can even agree with a trial period so the employers will be assured that you will work well despite the arrangement.
7. Negotiate your terms
Finally, when you and your employer agreed on the work arrangement, write your contract. Make sure that it lists down the terms, concessions and any other agreements. Thank your employer and express your enthusiasm for your job.
Flexible work options have a lot of benefits for both employees and employers. Try to reach an accord with your employers and ensure them that you will do your best despite your work arrangement.
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