Tips for Employees
If you are considering a flexible work arrangement, here are some helpful suggestions:
- Consider the type of flexible work arrangement that might work best for your particular situation and the needs of your work area. For example, does your role involve being on site to meet face-to-face with clients? If so, telecommuting might not be a workable option, but flextime could be.
- Meet with your supervisor. Discuss your interest in such an arrangement with your supervisor. Anticipate the concerns your supervisor may have.
- Consult with the Human Resources Work/Life & Family Resources team or your HR Business Partner for advice or suggestions.
- Think about the impact that this type of arrangement might have on your work and your co-workers. In some cases you may want to discuss this with them.
- Talk with others who are currently working a flexible schedule. Seek their input about potential considerations.
- Prepare a proposal. Once you have done your research, prepare a proposal to submit to your supervisor. Include:
- The type of arrangement you are requesting (include days, hours, etc.).
- Details about how you will meet your work goals.
- Any adjustments that will need to be made.
- A date to evaluate the arrangement. Pilot the program for a specific period of time.
- Criteria that will be used to evaluate whether this arrangement is working.
- Pilot the arrangement. If your supervisor approves a flex work arrangement, pilot it for a minimum of six weeks or longer. Check in with your supervisor about your progress on goals and how the arrangement is working from their perspective.
- Evaluate. Schedule a meeting to discuss how the arrangement is working.