I have a number of working mothers in my marketing department and several have arranged flexible work schedules to accommodate their changing work/life demands. Flexible work schedules are becoming much more common as employers recognize it as valuable tool for retaining their top talent and promoting work/life balance. In my department we have a number of different kinds of arrangements.For instance, “Tanya”* is the mother of two elementary school-age children. During the school year she works shorter work days on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, while working longer days on Mondays and Fridays. Meanwhile, “Rebecca” works from home two days per week. I too have a flexible work schedule that I started when I returned from maternity leave last winter; I work from home every Wednesday.
So how do you go about convincing your boss you won’t lose productivity if you work a flexible schedule? You need to do your homework.
The good news is there are many ways to make a flexible schedule work for you and your company but it’s up to you to make the case. Do you work a flexible schedule? What do you know now that you wish you had known before making the change?
*All names have been changed.