Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Negotiating flexi-time

By Dr James Dobson

Not all mums can stay home with their kids. But that doesn’t mean they have to settle for a poor work schedule. A lot of companies today are more child-friendly than we give them credit for. Sometimes, just asking for a change in schedule makes a lot of difference in the time we get to spend at home. And that change may take some negotiation, but it is worth the effort.

Begin by learning all you can about your company’s policy regarding flexitime. Then arrange a meeting with your boss to discuss your proposal. You may need to write your ideas on paper, so you don’t forget.

And be specific. If you’re going to ask for a change, tell them exactly how you propose to do it while still getting your work done.

Assure them that you’ll still be available for emergencies or additional work. Show your boss how it can be a win-win situation, and he’ll likely be more open to the idea than you might expect.

From TODAY, Voices - Tuesday, 13-July-2010

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