Negotiating a flexible work schedule is easier today than it was 10 years ago.
More and more companies are offering their employees the benefit of working remotely — at least one day a week.
Flexible work schedules keep employees happy and productive. Flexible workplaces can also cut down on office discrimination and combat cutthroat office politics. Discover the dos and don’ts of negotiating a flexible work schedule.
Negotiate a Flexible Schedule at Your Current Job
Want to add a little flexibility to your current position? Negotiating a flexible schedule at your current job is totally do-able — as long as you approach the negotiation correctly. Your bosses already know why you want a flexible schedule; you’ll want to highlight the benefits your company might glean from you working from home.
Know the Office Rules
Before walking into your boss’s office ready to negotiate, you might want to do a little recon on your company’s rules regarding flexible work schedules. Your company might have a set policy one way or the other.
The government offers tax breaks to companies that allow their employees to work remotely at least one day a week. If your company already gets this tax break (or wants in on it), you could pose offering flexible schedules as a possible benefit to your corporation.
Explain the Benefits
We can’t stress enough how important it is to highlight how your flexible schedule will benefit your company. Just some of the benefits we can think up off the top of our heads include:
- Companies that offer flexible schedules have more productive teams than other companies
- Flexible schedules help teams diversify and ward off discrimination
- The government offers tax benefits to companies that help curb carbon emissions by offering employees the option to work from home at least one day a week
Consider a Trial Period
Not everyone embraces change. If your company is hesitant to allow you to work from home, consider asking your bosses for a trial period. If all goes well, they might allow you even more flexibility.
During the trial period, your bosses can pull the plug on the flexibility program whenever they want.
Don’t Flaunt It
Not all jobs can be completed from a home office. Some jobs that require extra security or on-site paper processing can’t be magically made remote-friendly. If some of your coworkers can’t work from home, they might not love you working remotely.
If you want to keep your flexible schedule, don’t flaunt it. And whatever you do, don’t post photos on your Instagram of you working from the beach with your toes in the sand.
Negotiate a Flexible Schedule for a New Position
Many companies offer flexible schedules to woo new employees. It’s a cost-effective way to attract the best talent and keep everyone happy. If your prospective employer doesn’t advertise this benefit, fear not. You may be able to negotiate at least a part-time flex position.
Do Your Research
Just as if you were negotiating a flexible schedule at your current job, you’ll want to do your research when negotiating such a schedule at a new job, too. Find out if there any of your prospective company’s competitors offer flexible schedules or work-from-home options.
Be Open to Compromise and Flexibility
You might not get everything you want right away. Ask your prospective employer if they’d be open to offering you a flex day once a month or once a week. The worst they can say is no. And with so many companies offering flexible schedules these days, it’s often within a hiring manager’s best interest to at least consider it.