What is a flexible schedule?
A flexible schedule is one that allows an employee to work different hours than the typical 9-5 usually
stated in a contract. This can mean allowing an employee to work four 10 hour
days instead of five 8 hour days, enabling them to have an extra day home. It also can be just as it sounds, flexible, based on your needs week by week.
Regardless of the agreed upon flexibility, the employee is still required to meet their full-time hours.
A flexible schedule arrangement will not be for everyone, but often times it can be a win-win for both the employer and employee. These are a few pros and cons to consider.
- Better overall work and life balance.
- Available for doctor's appointments, school conferences, field trips,
- An extra day off, with full salary still in place.
- Less commute, saves money and time.
- Work longer days which can lead to stress and/or
- Finding childcare for a flexible schedule can be
- Less time for personal activities during longer work
- If you work in a team environment at work, this could
affect the overall dynamic.
If you believe that a flexible schedule will benefit you and your family, consider putting together a proposal for your employer. As you write your proposal, it is
important to consider the perks not just for yourself, but for your employer as
well. Would it save the company money if you worked from home? Would it create a happier and more relaxed workplace for all employees if there was a flexible hour option? Determine the type of flexibility you will need, and write out how it can be done.
For example, if you work from home on Fridays, you will still be available by e-mail or phone and will send updates of your progress throughout the day. Keep in mind that this will vary greatly by situation and the type of flexible schedule you are proposing.
Once you have laid out what you want, how it can be achieved, and the benefits for both of you if it is put into place- you can end with a note on your strengths and achievements in your current position. This will help to counteract many of
your employer's concerns, as they will already have evidence that you have been a valuable and reliable employee.
A flexible working schedule can drastically change how a person feels about their job, and can eliminate much of the guilt felt when one is forced to choose their job over family life. Longer hours are definitely not going to suit everyone, so be sure to find a schedule that will work best for you and your employer. Finding a balance is never easy, but a flexible schedule may allow you to get closer to your own 'ideal' than you were before.
Jessica Galbraith is a freelance writer and author of the popular travel blog The Fly Away American. In her free time you can find her traveling.
services, she is the author of the popular travel blog The Fly Away American.