It’s 2016 and the good news is that employers are more informed than ever about the benefits of work flexibility. They know now through research that employees who enjoy work-life balance are happier. And this in turn translates into better morale, a better work environment, and ultimately more committed and productive workers. In fact, to attract and hold on to top talent, offering workplace flexibility is almost mandatory in today’s workplace climate. Best of all, research shows that when workplace flexibility works it’s a win-win for both employee and employer.
In our work at Work Happy Mums, the question of HOW and WHEN to ask about flexible work arrangements during the job search process is probably one that we get asked most. For many working women, work flexibility is the crucial piece of the happiness-at-work puzzle. Whether you are wanting to pick up your kids from school, or wanting to further your education, that bit of extra time outside of work can make the difference between work-life balance, or not balance.
Luckily there is a solid process that can, and will, help you. Here is our 4-step guide to help you with the important HOW and WHEN of work flexibility.
1. Know what you need
2. Know your employer
3. Making your case
Congratulations – you’ve been offered the job! Now is the time for you to negotiate for flexible work hours. You’ve already looked through your options and found the flexible work option that fits you and your employer. Now you want to present your case in the best way possible to your new prospective employer.
4. Negotiating flexibility
Work flexibility is achievable. And with just some careful planning and the right schedule it can allow you to have your ideal job, as well as being a win-win for both you and your employer.
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Melanie Fieseler is a Career Consultant and Director at Work Happy Mums, the go-to resource for return-to-work professional women and career advancers. We're building a better future for working mothers and the organisations they work for. Join our community and help both our families and businesses thrive.
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