Flexible working, how to ask for it


A Guide To Arranging Flexible Working Hours

Compared to thirty, even twenty years ago, it would be fair to say that the dynamic of a traditional office setting is almost unrecognisable to how it used to be. Whereas in the 1990s you could be almost certain of working a five day week with core 9 to 5 hours, the revolution of the internet and how it has affected our working lives has meant that a person’s working week can now completely differ from one colleague to the next, and this is mainly down to the invention and increasing popularity of flexible working hours. With more and more businesses focusing the bulk of their time on online work and activities, it has now become easier than ever before to attempt to arrange your working hours in unconventional ways that might best suit your personal life and situation. Taking inspiration from this article, here are a handful of useful tips for arranging flexible work hours with your employer.

Build A Case

When planning to ask your employer for flexible working hours, make sure that you prepare a valid and detailed case that will encourage and persuade your bosses to see that this plan will be both beneficial to you and to your work output. For example, if working from home for two days a week allows you to be present for your children and therefore giving your peace of mind to increase your productivity, then that it is win-win situation for both parties.

Have Clear Goals

It is essential that you encourage your employer to see your flexible working hours proposal not as a way for you to have more time off or spend more time at home, but more as a way for you to be able to achieve certain working goals that you have set for yourself. For example, your bosses might be more willing to give you flexible working hours if you help them to see that you two hour commute to work every day could be transformed in to two hours of solid work output from your home.

Build Good Relationships

The better your professional relationships with your colleagues and superiors are, the more likely it is going to be that you are given permission to organise your own flexible working hours. Build your relationships to a point where your physical absence in the office isn’t going to cast aspersions on your commitment to your job. If your peers know and regard you as a dedicated, professional hard worker, then you working a few hours from home isn’t going to cause any controversy.

Honesty Is Key

In a situation such as this where you are essentially asking your employers to pay your wages even though you are absent from the traditional working environment, complete and total honesty is always the key to a successful partnership. You need to help your bosses to see that rather than looking for a way to escape the realities and obligations of being a member of the office team, your request for flexible working hours instead solidifies your commitment to your job because you have been actively thinking about ways that will help you to more effectively perform.

Be Open To Negotiation

Always be willing to negotiate when it comes to working out the terms of your flexible hours. To even be at this late processing stage means that your employers have been respectful and fair, so it is only right that you do the same when it comes to figuring out exactly how your flexible working hours are going to play out. Asking for four flexible days right off the bat might not be the best form of compromise. Instead start off slowly and allow your bosses to see how much more productive you can be when working remotely. Eventually, and with good results, you will be granted more flexibility.

Know Your Rights

It’s important, when making a drastic request like this, that you are well aware of all of your legal rights surrounding the situation. The less you are educated on flexible working hours, the more awkward and unprepared you are going to be when it comes to asking for them. A recent law change has stated that any employee who has worked for the same employer for a minimum of 26 years has the right to request flexible hours. This does not mean, of course, that you are guaranteed to get them, but having certain knowledge gives you a good base for becoming aware if actions by your employer seem strange or out of the ordinary in terms of legal protocol.

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