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How to Persuade Your Boss to Approve Flextime
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How to Persuade Your Boss to Approve Flextime


How important is flextime to employees? Numerous surveys indicate that it is something that potential workers value highly; consistently being named as one of the top 3 most desired benefits – along with compensation and opportunity for advancement. Employers who insist that regular, company-imposed, working hours be adhered to are only holding themselves back in the race to beat their competition.


Studies have shown that employees who are allowed at least a small part in controlling their work schedules are:

  • More productive
  • Less stressed
  • Less likely to quit
  • Better team members


In addition, companies that offer flextime, whenever possible, have a better chance of attracting top talent through recruitment of recent graduates or those working for someone else. Employers who have embraced flexible work schedules and have established policies that ensure equality within and between departments have automatically shifted their focus from face-time to results. By necessity they created a process that clearly communicates the organization’s goals and objectives to employees, since results are the only way to monitor performance. And employees, in return, make sure that they perform in order to achieve those goals because they know that they will be held accountable.


Don’t just walk up and ask for a concession

If you are a caregiver who is having trouble managing the scheduling demands of taking care of someone and meeting the obligation to be at work from start to finish of normal business hours, flextime could be the help you’re looking for. But before you approach your boss and ask for special consideration, you’ll want to have a proposal in mind and a plan that works for both you and her. You’ll want to be prepared for any objection she may bring up.

First things first. Ask yourself questions and think carefully about your answers to decide if flextime would solve your problem. What are the things that continually get in the way of being able to make it to work on time? What happens often enough that you aren’t able to stay throughout the day? Are these interruptions something that can be dealt with by means other than your personal attention? Can a neighbor or another family member take care of it for you? If you’ve decided that these tasks are important and must be done by you, can they be taken care of before or after work? And so on until you fully understand the root of your problem.

Sometimes mornings are the most challenging time for working caregivers because of all of the preparation needed to get a loved one ready for the day. Let’s say that you have a daily routine that includes grooming and dressing them, but every week or two they have a bad day where it takes you an extra 20 minutes and causes you to be late for work. Rather than getting up earlier every day to cover yourself, you decide that you would like to start your job 30 minutes later. And, suppose you would like to make up your time by only taking half of your one-hour lunch.

Or, perhaps your circumstances are much more complicated and your best option would be to work from home in the afternoon. In either case, you are going to be asking your boss for special consideration and, since your company isn’t already on board with the idea of flexible work schedules, you can expect to get pushback. While you understand how well this could work for you and your company, your boss won’t see the benefits unless you offer supporting evidence of flextime’s value and answer all of her concerns.


Schedule a time to meet and give your presentation

Begin with a brief overview of your problem and explain why the rigid hours are causing you distress. Let her know that many other people have been in the same predicament you are in and have found flextime to be a workable solution. Show her a copy of this 2012 Regus study which states, “The majority (72%) of global businesses report that increased productivity is a direct result of flexible working practices.” Assure her that flextime would allow you to become even more productive. Also, give her a copy of this report from the Executive Office of the President, Council of Economic Advisers, dated March 2010.

Then speak to some of the objections you’ve anticipated she would have and be specific as to how you will be able to take care of them. For instance, you should let her know that you will always be available for phone calls, emails and Skype. Let her know that you will give out your contact information to customers or anyone who might need to reach you on short notice. The more details you provide the better your chance will be to gain approval.

If she hasn’t turned down your request by this time but is still reluctant, suggest a short trial period. You can use this time to work through some of the difficulties no one had thought of and your boss could think of it as a beta test with an eye for offering it as one of the company’s benefits. Above all else, keep in mind that you are not asking for a favor. You are trying to solve a problem that is holding you back from performing at your highest potential. No matter the outcome, your boss should appreciate your effort to maintain a high level of productivity.

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1 comments on article "How to Persuade Your Boss to Approve Flextime"

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It's imperative to consider ahead potential objections your manager could have and get ready responses to those protests as well as a particular arrangement of activity to ease any concerns. Doing this will demonstrate your supervisor how you can think ahead and be set up for different situations.

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