5 Tips for Negotiating Flexible Hours
Say goodbye to the nine-to-five.
There’s a reason why nontraditional work schedules are becoming increasingly popular—they’ve actually been proven to make employees happier, healthier and more productive, all while allowing them time to prioritize their commitments outside of the office. Ready to broach the subject with your boss? Read these negotiation tips first.
The Skill Set: How to Negotiate Flextime
1. Know what type of flexibility you want
It’s best to go to your boss with a specific ask. “Before you approach your employer about a flexible work option, you need to know which one will work best for you,” says Sara Sutton Fell, founder and CEO of FlexJobs. “This might include things like flexible hours, working from home, working part-time, having a compressed workweek or some combination of those.”
2. Tell your employer how they’ll benefit from the arrangement
3. Prepare and perfect a pitch
4. Time it right
5. Suggest a trial run
If your employer has little or no experience with flexible work, Sara warns that you may need to go one step further to calm their fears. “In these instances, suggest a trial where, for a specific period of time, you’ll work on your ideal schedule,” she says. “Track your performance and plan to check in with your employer a month or two later. Once they see you in action, they'll be less likely to take back the arrangement.”
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