Negotiating a Flexible Work Schedule With Your Boss

Dr. Purushothaman
October 16, 2013


It is impossible to work all the time but your job demands you to be present for 24*7. How you can balance the work without straining your business and family relationships? If you have tremendous pressure and finding it difficult to balance, you simply need to look for alternative that can suffice both the requirements.

If you have not heard about flexible work schedule, then its right time to spare some time to have knowledge about it. In flexible work schedules, also known as alternative work arrangements, you can propose flexible working hours to your boss so that you can spare some quality time to enjoy your personal life while achieving your career goals.

Several companies are being benefitted by flexible work arrangements such as job-sharing, part-time work, telecommuting, part-time work etc. So, you need to negotiate your flexible work schedule with your boss to balance your life and work.

Initially, you will be asked to present your proposal of how exactly an arrangement will work and what will be its benefits. So, take a look at the essential questions that must be answered in your proposal:

1. Days and hours of work

2. Complete arrangement of telecommute, job sharing, compressed work week etc.

3. Accommodating meetings and projects while you are away from office

4. Benefits for a company from this proposed flexible schedule

5. Parameters to measure your productivity

Generally, you can start for a certain period of time to give evidence to your boss or manager that this type of arrangement is actually beneficial for a business. On the other hand, you will also be clear that this arrangement is helping you to solve the problems or complicating them further.

It is wise to consult with a professional consultant regarding an appropriate work life balance program. They will assist you with the right approach to deal with your problem as early as possible.

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