Requesting and negotiating flexible working arrangements can be a daunting and stressful experience. To help improve an employee’s ability to successfully determine, prepare and request flexible working arrangements from their employer, we offer the following tips:
- Work out what you want – spend some time to determine what you want. If the world was a perfect place and taking into account your individual circumstances, what would a balanced life look like for you? Create a wish list and prioritise what is most important right now that would really benefit you and your family to create work life balance. Determine what is within your control that you can start actioning straight away. Then determine what you may need to gain support on from your employer.
- How would it work on a day-to-day basis? It is important to visualise how your day or working week would go if what you wanted was granted. How would you meet your work deadlines? How would your internal and/or external customers be served in your absence? Will work need to be passed on to others and is this at all possible? Determine possible solutions to these related questions prior to speaking with your employer as they will no doubt be wondering how to solve these as well.