At some point, you may realize that sustaining a “nine-to-five” job doesn’t fit into your lifestyle and career goals for one reason or another. However, even the most supportive managers may need some convincing before they agree to a flexible working arrangement.
Here are the steps to take to show your boss that a flexible working schedule is the best way forward.
1. Prepare a detailed description of your desired flexible work arrangement
Carefully determine the type of flexible working schedule that meets the needs of your employer and also fits your career and lifestyle goals. Your proposed working schedule may involve working a few days a week from home or working more days in the office and leaving earlier. Give it enough thought and be clear when presenting it without being too rigid about what can work for you.
2. Show your boss how your proposed work arrangement will improve your efficiency
Provide specific scenarios and give relevant examples of how the flexible work arrangement you’re proposing has worked in comparable cases. Show your boss what steps you’ll take to make sure that your projects don’t fall behind. Outlining how the arrangement benefits you and the company is crucial as it demonstrates how much you value your work and the success of your team.
3. Anticipate your boss’s potential objections and prepare compelling responses
Take your employer’s perspective and think about objections that they may raise against your proposed flexible working arrangement. Research and come up with compelling answers to address these objections, and develop a detailed plan for alleviating concerns your boss may have. You want to make it evident that you’ve given thought to all the risks of the arrangement and that you can handle them.
4. Propose a six-month trial period for the arrangement with extension pegged on your performance
One of the ways of mitigating the perceived risks of your proposed flexible working arrangement is suggesting that you and your employer test the arrangement for six months. After that period, you can decide whether to extend it and what adjustments need to be made. It’s essential that you demonstrate your flexibility and willingness to craft an arrangement that serves your needs as well as those of your employer.
The bottom line
Hard work, some creativity and a show of commitment are among the things that will increase the likelihood that you and your employer will come up with a flexible working arrangement that benefits you and the company.