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Monday, November 29, 2021

Flexible schedules and how to get them

Flexible work schedules for employees who work remotely or in mixed positions can challenge leaders.

Enterprise schedules are becoming more open and flexible as they move to hybrid or remote workforce models. Leaders have learned from the COVID-19 pandemic how useful flexible work options are. As a result, many companies choose to be more flexible as their lives return to normal.

Employees who work remotely or in mixed positions may feel insecure when asking for flexible working hours. Even if they are aware of the benefits, it can be difficult to obtain them. Here are some of the best and most effective ways to achieve more flexibility in your work schedules.

1. Assess how adaptable the organization is

Take time to look around. You can evaluate a company’s adaptability to ask for flexible working hours. Do they allow employees to work flexibly? Leaders set the tone and culture. It is important to determine if your request is within their reach. This may not be the right place for you.

2. Please share your needs and reasons for the change

Be bold and sincere. This will help you increase engagement and productivity. You can imagine how this might work in practice and then develop a complete solution.

3. Be transparent and honest.

Employees who feel the need for flexible working hours should be open and honest with their reasons. Prepare a thoughtful case. This will explain the situation in detail, reassure the employer that productivity will not be affected, and show gratitude for being able to have a flexible schedule. It builds trust.

4. Be mindful of your remote restrictions

Being honest about your limitations is critical. We learned how important it is to work effectively remotely during a pandemic. You should develop a plan that clearly demonstrates the benefits of telecommuting for your organization. You may see greater availability due to less travel or increased productivity due to reduced focus time.

5. Discuss your schedule with your supervisor.

Flexible working policies and instructions for employees? These guidelines could include alternative childcare arrangements so that parents working from home can work. The plan should be communicated to managers who can help. The feedback loop that employees create with their leaders is critical.

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6. Demonstrate that the end results have been met and exceeded.

An employee who wants to be able to work remotely or flexibly must demonstrate the results they have achieved and exceeded. Since many companies are more concerned with retaining talent than with their work environment, work speaks for itself.

7. Treat the request as a remote business proposal.

Consider this a win-win situation. Treat your request for flexible working hours as a business proposal. Consider the pros and cons of your request and make a plan to minimize any negative impact. You should state the benefits you get from this flexibility and provide a trial period to overcome the initial resistance depending on the culture of your organization.

8. All reservations

Business impact is paramount. Scheduling flexibility will bring you more success. This can enable you to better support your customers and global team members. This will result in increased productivity by reducing travel time. How does this affect flexibility? Consider the impact of your decision and ask yourself if you have any reservations.

Hello remote workers and you managers! Take time to laugh

Don’t take your schedule too seriously. Remember that laughter is not only the best medicine, but also a good motivator.

Remote workers and their managers need to understand that even the most elaborate plans of mice and humans are “in the stern.” Part of the charm of human existence is the insecurity and surprise that so often grow in our lives. Indeed, we must plan our working day. And, of course, we must be responsible for the tasks and goals that we set for ourselves. But that doesn’t mean that every day there is no wiggle room for a laugh or two.

So when your remote work is interrupted by life’s uncertainties, go with the flow. At least for a moment or two. If your pet walks across your desk during a Zoom meeting, don’t treat him like an astrophetic cat. (See what we did there?) Instead, take a minute to introduce Fuzzy to the other Zoom meeting attendees. Such a light touch conveys to those around you your humanity and kind disposition. It might even bring you a lot of flexibility.

By Howie Jones

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