How to Have Flex Success Among Your Co-Workers

Q: My boss recently approved my proposal to work four days a week which begins next month. I’m afraid that, once I start, my co-workers may grow resentful or jealous of my arrangement. Any suggestions? A. Resentment and jealousy are indeed potential responses from co-workers if the situation is not handled deftly. Fortunately, you have […]

When You Can’t Afford Part-time Hours, Do This Instead

Dear Pat: Besides my full-time accounting job, I have a 3-year-old son in pre-school and am working towards my MBA online. Also, my husband and I are building a photography business on the side. I need more hours in the day to juggle it all, but proposing part-time work hours at my job is not […]

When You Simply Can’t Stay at the Office Past 5 PM

Q: I work as a Production Manager for a regional magazine in Florida. I’m also a single mom who finds it nearly impossible to stay past 5 PM. In fact, am about to approach my senior management team about working until 3 PM on two out of five workdays. I have a wonderful assistant who […]

Job Sharing: How Do You Split Employee Benefits?

If job sharing has two people splitting one full-time position, do they split health insurance and other benefits too? It depends. Read on for options. A job sharing set-up suggests a pro-ration of benefits, 50/50, or whatever hours split is proposed (some partners do 60/40 or other combinations). But it really depends on the employer’s […]

How to Spend a Month Working From Hawaii (Or Anywhere Else)

This article is geared to the “knowledge worker,” (i.e., a professional who commutes to work daily only to use a computer and a phone to do his or her job), who has the personal liberty to leave their home for a month. Here’s a twist on telecommuting: work your current job remotely–really remotely–from the salubrious […]

How to Get Part-time Hours Approved When You’re a Manager (Case Study)

“I can’t think of any reason why we can’t do this.” A sales manager who got that response shares her strategy for preempting objections to get instant approval of her request for a part-time schedule. The Part-time Proposal Package that Salome used to present her request included scripted replies to the six most common objections. […]

Extra Vacation Negotiation Part B: The Request Strategy

These ABCs form your strategy for requesting more vacation leave. Use them along with your free copy of the More Vacation Memo Template. For more information, see How to Craft Your Own Vacation Leave Terms. The company policy says X number of weeks off. Your new custom-crafted “policy” says X + 2. Now you need your […]

Project Management Apps & Other Flex Work Tools

Flexible Work Proposal Package users: When you reach the Communication section of your fill-in-the-blank proposal template, specify some of the apps you plan to use (besides the obvious ones such as email, phone, IM and text). This tactic reinforces your case that telecommuting and other flexible work arrangements are entirely feasible. Project Management and Collaboration […]

Extra Vacation Negotiation Part A: How Many More Weeks to Request

These ABCs form your strategy for requesting more vacation leave. Use them along with your free copy of the More Vacation Memo Template. For more information, see How to Craft Your Own Vacation Leave Terms. The average vacation leave in the United States is 10-14 days, or two to three weeks a year. But if you’ve been with […]

How to Craft Your Own Vacation Leave Terms

(Looking for info on the More Vacation Leave Memo Template? See the bottom of this page.) You’re a mid-career professional coming to grips with deferred retirement, yet you want more time off now. You’d like to take more trips or see your grandkids more often through the year—this year—but your employer’s vacation policy stymies your […]