With forward thinking companies understanding the need for cultural workplace reform, now is the perfect time to pitch for a more accommodating schedule.
Here is a guide to help you think through your ask and get started:
Your Ideal Work Day
With so many options available, first consider how your perfect day would unfold. Do you prefer a telecommute option or a compressed work week? Are you looking for a freelance role or part time? Use this worksheet to help you define what you want, then you can prepare your ask.
Negotiate Like A Pro
Now you are ready to present your case. It’s always a good idea to take some time to boost your confidence before a meeting. Having a clear objective and the confidence to ask for what you want will ensure your ability to negotiate.
Present Flexibility as a Win / Win
It is important to note that this arrangement should benefit both you and your company. Instead of viewing it as an accommodation, be sure to present the value to your employer. There are a plethora of ways a company can “go flex”. The more options you present, the better your chances of finding the perfect fit. This can be a boon for your peers as well!
Making it Work
Once your new schedule is in place, make sure you have the tools to ensure your success. It may take a bit of trial and error to find the most effective way to work from home. This is a great opportunity to brush up on your organizational skills!
Finding Balance at Work and Home
This is the dance that mothers will always perform. Even with a flex schedule, the demands of motherhood are always looming on the horizon. Arm yourself with flexible strategies for work and home when you are feeling maxed out.