How and Where to Find a Flexible NEW Job

The fastest way to a flexible work arrangement is to ask for one at your current job. But what if you’re looking for a new job? The sad fact is, most employers don’t offer a flexible schedule or telecommuting arrangement to new employees. But some do. Here I’ve compiled several options to help you find flexible […]

3 Reasons Why You’re Still Not Telecommuting (And How to Resolve Them Pronto)

You’re a professional. A smart “knowledge worker.” So doesn’t it frustrate you to drive daily to a desk that’s miles and miles and too-many-minutes away from home, only to use a computer and a phone to get most of your work done? Precious time blown; gas burned; stress brewed in rush-hour traffic. And to think […]

How to Telecommute Long-Distance and Full-Time

Sometimes, I get an inquiry like this: “I’m interested in your Telecommuting Proposal Package, but will it work for me if I’m moving to a distant city?” The answer is yes, the Package is adaptable to that situation. Jonathan Crane, who got approval to work 1800 miles from the main office, is a good example. […]

How a Flexible Work Arrangement Supports Weight Loss Success

My diverse career path started in health care as a registered dietitian (RD). In the late 1980s, I was the coordinator for the local Optifast Program, a medically-monitored weight loss program for obese individuals. This was a popular and busy program with lots of people enrolled. Especially after Oprah went public in 1988 with her […]

Job Sharing Options: Five Workable Ways to Share Your Job

Now that you know how to find and choose your job sharing partner, consider the creative possibilities for splitting your schedule. For many positions, a shortened workweek for each partner is the most practical arrangement, with a common one being: Partner A: Works Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning Partner B: Works Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and […]

How to Choose the Right Job Sharing Partner

After you find prospective job sharing partners, how do you choose the “right” one? Your job sharing success depends heavily on who you choose as a job partner. Get to know each of your prospective job-share teammates so that you make the right pick. (Does this sound like dating?) Are You Compatible? With each prospect, […]

When Four Days a Week Won’t Work

Dear Pat: I love the idea of having Fridays off and I’m thinking of proposing a compressed work week. My job as an underwriter is adaptable to it, but I’m not sure that I am. In an occasional crunch, I work 9 to 10-hour days, but working four 10-hour days in a row every single week? That’s […]

Are You Driving to Daycare in the Dark?

It’s December. Are you dropping your little ones off at daycare in the dark? Do you find it distressing? You know the scene: your kids are in a sleepy stupor as you start their day before sunrise. You rue the routine, but what choice does a full-time working parent have? Maybe you’re unaware of all […]

How to Be Persuasive: 6 Parts to a Promising Pitch

My office bookshelf holds a communications skills reference that I’ve used over and over before gearing up for a crucial conversation. With more than 1000(!) pithy tips divided into convenient categories, Communicate with Confidence: How to Say it Right the First Time and Every Time (affiliate link) has withstood the test of time—and all my book […]

How to Request a Telecommuting Arrangement When You’re a Manager

A telecommuting arrangement is attractive to professionals at all levels. But how can you make the case when you’re a manager with direct reports under you? Dear Pat: I’m the Director of Technical Services for a publishing company. Much of my demanding job could be done from my home and cutting my commute would restore […]