How to Make Job Flexibility a Reality: Fearless in 5
Updated: Jan 30, 2020
Do you wish you could find a flexible work arrangement? If so, you're not alone. But if you want to work remotely, then you have to advocate for yourself. That's why in this week's Fearless in 5, we'll focus on how you can make flexibility a reality.
Step #1 Gather intelligence. Research who within your organization has any kind of a flex schedule. Learn about how it’s been perceived, strengths and challenges, their level, and how they made it happen. Find out how their direct supervisor feels about it and if you would be setting a precedent because nobody else in your company currently has that kind of flexibility. You can also research via Glassdoor to learn about how other companies similar to yours, or direct competitors, are allowing flexible schedules.
#2 Take advantage of timing. Unless it’s due to an emergency like a sick spouse, child or parent, try to time it right after you have a big win or some positive feedback.
#3 Identify options. Basic rules of negotiations state that it's always easiest if you have a few different choices and variables, so you never back them into a corner where they can only say “No.”
#4 Anticipate and address potential objections. Think through in advance what they might object to and ease their mind by proactively addressing and helping them see why those concerns are not issues are all.
#5 Focus on how this will help you and the company overall.
If you’ve had success advocating for a flexible work arrangement, share what worked for you—tell us in the comments below.