Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Negotiating a flexible job

Negotiating a flexible return to work is a fantastic way for you to cope with the balancing act. Any time is a good time to sound out your employer about flexible work options – even if you have just fallen pregnant. The trick is to be proactive. Have a think about the tasks you perform. Could your role be done part time or could it be a job share role? What about working from home for some of the week? Prepare your case in advance and remember to consider how your suggestions will impact on your colleagues and the business. Have a chat to your manager and seek agreement. Don’t fall in to the trap of working on your days off. Working part time means that you are paid on a pro-rata basis so don’t feel guilty. With the national skills shortage kicking in, it is a great time to ask for flexibility.

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