Workers across various industries are starting to favor flexible work hours instead of a traditional 9-to-5. Still, several employees have yet to experience the benefits of flexible hours, so how should you approach your employer about adopting these work arrangements?
First, it is important to review your contract or the employee handbook first and see whether there is any mention of working from home or flexible hours.
If there is no mention of these options, researching the type of flexible schedule you want could increase your chances of getting it approved.
“Are there certain days of the week where you physically need to be in your office – for meetings perhaps? What parts of your job can be done remotely? Where will you be working from when you’re not in the office – at home or elsewhere?” said Jo Cresswell, careers expert at Glassdoor.
In order to make a solid case for your flexible working schedule, treat the meeting as a way to remind your employer of your various skills. This means also ensuring that your employer views you as one of the company’s more hard-working employees.
Another tip is to not apologize for seeking out a schedule that can benefit you and your employer. While it is difficult to be assertive in the workplace, you are entitled to ask your employer to consider flexible work options.
Lastly, be prepared to negotiate and don’t let a delayed response discourage you. But if your employer is unwilling to consider this option, it is important to keep in mind the impact your work environment has on your health and wellbeing.