The secret to getting a ‘yes’ to your request is to present an air-tight plan and proposal that details the business case for your new flexible work arrangement.
Why written? Because a verbal request sets you up for a knee-jerk ‘no.’ So without a detailed professional proposal, you risk quick rejection.
But you don't have time for another “to-do” item, and you’re too wiped to write a proposal from scratch, right? Good news: you don't have to.
Since 1997, thousands of busy professionals in all 50 states and more than 35 countries have used Work Options' proposal template packages to get quick approval of a flexible work arrangement. Are you next?
Note: This Proposal Package is designed for an individual, not groups of employees.
“I downloaded [your Proposal Package]…and submitted it the same afternoon. The next morning, after a 10-minute discussion, [my manager] approved it. She even said, ‘You just addressed every single concern I had.’ This will allow me the flexibility and time I need…
My name is Pat Katepoo and I know first-hand the “not-enough-time” issues you’re facing. So in 1993, I started Work Options to make it easier for people like you to ask for compressed workweeks and other flexible schedules.
Since putting Work Options online in 1997, I’ve equipped thousands of professionals in all 50 states and more than 35 countries with a proven proposal template and planning guide.
"Proven" means it gets approval of a flexible work arrangement for about 9 out of 10 people who use it to make their request. Why not be next?
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The ready-made proposal template saves you
hours and hours of researching, writing and editing.
At first I was hesitant to spend money on it, but it was some of the best money I’ve ever spent. It covers completely with the entire scenario, clever rebuttals to hesitations, and a mitigation plan. I can’t say enough about how professional and effective it is, and how much time it saved me.
It's practically finished for you; simply fill in the blanks of the proposal with custom edits to match your job. Done.
My manager said he appreciated the formal proposal; it demonstrated to him that I had fully thought through what I was asking. You made this so easy!
The air-tight structure makes it tough for your boss to say No. And the business case presented makes it easy to give approval.
[You] provided me with everything I needed to create a great proposal, one my bosses couldn’t refuse! Your proposal gave me the confidence to ask for a lot and the ammunition to get it. Thank you.
Missing something? Not a chance. Your proposal covers all the bases that your manager needs addressed to give you the green light.
I honestly anticipated cashing in on the guarantee, but after reading the proposal package, it was well worth the price. It highlighted a few areas which I would have failed to address if I were to create the proposal myself…The response was overwhelmingly positive...
It’s also a planning and negotiation guide with steps to restructure your job, strategies to start the conversation, scripted replies to six common objections, and more.
I was so nervous, but [with your Proposal Package], I was completely prepared for whatever they would ask me. They were so impressed; I received several compliments on the proposal. You gave me the tools I needed, the confidence to present it, and now I have a balanced personal and professional life.
After years of experience with thousands of professionals with all types of managers, I’ve noticed an “approval profile” that consistently gets the green light for flexible work arrangements. The approval profile has these three criteria:
Roughly nine out of 10 people who meet all three criteria get a ‘Yes’ to their request to a compressed work week. I say this based on follow-up surveys, plus years and years (20+!) of customer feedback.
If you meet all three, you’re likely to get agreement for a trial period, at the very least.
One of the most effective ironclad proposals I’ve ever seen…a great online resource [by] work-life expert Pat Katepoo…
Yes. You get a proven format in the included proposal template; you simply insert the specifics of your job and responsibilities into the word document. You’ll also customize the Schedule section to match what you want, plus a few other custom edits. Voilà! Your proposal is ready.
There was a time when I logged the job titles of my customers; the first page alone has over 40 different occupations starting with the letter A: Accountant, Ad Agency Rep, Administrative Assistant, Anesthesiologist (he wanted to job share), Applications Engineer, Architect, Art Director, Asset Manager, Assistant Director of HR, Attorney, Auditor—you get the picture.
The complete list has hundreds of occupations. And yours is probably one of them. If you want to check before you make your Proposal Package purchase, email me: pat [at] workoptions [dot] com.
…so easy to customize your format to fit my needs. The professional, written presentation…helped convince my boss…Thanks!
If you’ve searched online for free sample proposals for flexible work arrangements, I know about your disappointing findings: skimpy skeleton outlines of what to include, but not what to say.
For example, “Make the business case by describing the employer benefits of your proposed flexible work arrangement.” That’s it. You’re left hanging to provide and compose the specifics. But you don’t have time to research and write it all. Fortunately, you don’t have to.
With the Compressed Work Week Proposal Package, there’s nothing to research or compose; it’s already there. In words that are both persuasive and professional.
The Compressed Work Week Proposal Package also provides strategy, as well as positive positioning of you and your merits, which makes it more convincing than any generic outline you surface.
I surfed for hours on alternative work schedules. While I found a lot of material, yours was the most in-depth. It’s nice to see actual proposal examples!
You probably could write it yourself, but aren’t you busy enough? Why take hours of your precious time to start from scratch when most of it is already done for you?
You can probably cook, too, but sometimes you want dinner fast and with little effort, right?
The proposal template you get in the Compressed Work Week Proposal Package is virtually complete, yet easy to customize. (Think Dream Dinners, not Hamburger Helper.)
…well worth the money…it saved me hours of drafts and redrafts…
If you're wondering...
Skip the writing angst because your Compressed Work Week Proposal Package covers it all.
Its fill-in-the-blanks format turns out an impressive and persuasive proposal by tomorrow.
I write proposals all the time, but this is so personal, I appreciated the guidance in how to discuss this issue in a professional way. (12 days later)…my boss approved my revised work schedule and I am thrilled.
First, do the math, then decide for sure. Divide your salary by two. Drop the extra zeros to get a rough hourly rate. For example, $60,000 a year = about $30 an hour.
Your hourly: $ _____ x number of hours to write a proposal from scratch = $ _____
So what's your time worth? If you’re a “work smarter” professional, you know your personal time is too precious to zone out in front of the computer to write a proposal when it’s already been done for you.
What else? You get strategies and scripts in your Proposal Package. That means, you’ll know what to do and what to say, all along the way:
It's all there for the "work smarter" professional. That's you, yes?
I have known for a long time that I wanted to do this, but didn’t know how to approach it. The guidance you provided was just the boost I needed to send me in the right direction. My boss was very impressed and approved it almost immediately even though [the flexible arrangement] has not been done in this office before. I am so excited…
Here's What You Get in
Your Compressed Work Week
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The Primary Proposal Template
Your Compressed Work Week Proposal is organized by four major sections: Introduction, Purpose, Plan, and Summary.
The Plan section is the core of your proposal.
This proven combination of solid format + personal edits is what makes Work Options’ Proposal so effective in getting the boss's approval of a compressed work week arrangement.
A Completed Sample Proposal
Done by a prior Compressed Work Week Proposal Package user who received approval, you can make minor edits to get a virtually instant end product.
A Shorter Version of the Original Proposal Template
The original proposal template has a time-tested proven format for getting approval. Yet some managers might better receive a shorter, more informal version.
Read them both, decide which is a better fit for your situation, and use it.
Scripted Replies to Common Objections
Be ready with a confident reply for each of these (plus two more), included in your copy of the Compressed Work Week Proposal Package.
Bottom-Line Benefits of
Flexible Work Arrangements
This section alone saves you hours of research time. Include these business-oriented citations to strengthen your case.
Our VP…was very impressed with [the proposal’s] professionalism, detail, references and quotes…
It's a Planning & Strategy Guide, Too
Your Package includes exercises to build your confidence in:
Your strategy – includes a technique for positioning yourself in the best light, reminding your manager of your value
Your presentation – includes approach and timing
Your negotiations – includes a proposal piece that makes it embarrassing for management to refuse your request
Plus Specific Negotiation Strategies
Find out how to approach your manager with your proposal
Know what to say to keep the discussion alive in the face of any resistance
Ten minutes from now, you could be filling in your proposal.
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Proven Format + Practical Planning + Solid Strategy = Approval
Plus You Get These Two Bonuses with Your Proposal Package
After you get approval of your request, use this template to craft a Memo of Agreement to secure your arrangement.
This bonus template is included FREE with your Compressed Work Week Proposal Package.
This is my 53-page planning workbook to get approval of a short-term sabbatical. After you're working flexibly, go for your travel dream.
It sells here at Work Options for $49, but it's yours FREE with your Proposal Package.
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Millennial ♦ Parent ♦ Boomer ♦ Single: This is for you.
While, like you, I can’t predict nor guarantee your manager’s behavior and decisions, I can guarantee the format and time-savings of the Compressed Work Week Proposal Package. (That said, about 90% of users get approval.)
If you don't agree that the price of the Proposal Package wasn't worth the multiple hours you saved in personal time preparing a detailed, professional, business-case proposal, let me know within 30 days and I’ll give you a 100% refund. So ordering is risk-free. If you have any questions, please email me: pat [at] workoptions [dot] com. I'm very accessible.
Speaking of accessible: you can also email your questions to me after you buy the Package. Include your phone number; I sometimes give my customers a quick call to help with their strategy. No charge. I love doing this, so please don't hesitate to ask.
Break out of a rigid work schedule and enjoy more family time. From personal experience and 20+ years of equipping others with Compressed Work Week Proposal Packages, I know a flexible schedule can be a sanity-saver.
My manager was quite impressed with the thoroughness of the plan…I just received approval…this will help restore a little sanity to our crazy lives…
That’s why I developed the Flexible Work Proposal Packages: to make it easier for others to move ahead with their goal of more family time by getting the flexible work arrangement they want.
Do this. Then enjoy more joy in your home, more peace in your heart, and more contentment in your soul because you made more TIME to be with your kids.
No more hitting the decks running. We have time to make a nutritious meal, practice guitar, study for tests, read, or just relax before bed at 8:30 PM. Thank you for a great product.
Years from now, after your children are all grown, imagine yourself thinking, “I regret not spending more time at the office.”
Then download your copy of the Compressed Work Week Proposal Package now. Your order is 100% secure. Click BUY NOW to get started.
For Skeptics Only: "Yeah, right..."
I had seen your website before but thought: ‘Yeah right, like I am going to pay for some proposal sight-unseen!’ [But then it] seemed like a pretty good investment if I could get what I needed…
Your proposal outlined exactly what I needed. Within an hour I had plugged in my specific changes and handed it to my boss (this was about two weeks ago). This morning I spoke to him and he has agreed to all that I requested! I am ecstatic!
I am certain that the proposal is what convinced him that I was serious and put it into a format he could discuss with the higher-ups…you did cover several bases I hadn’t thought of…thank you so much.
Why not be next to enjoy more free time and flexibility? If you’re doing laundry after 9 pm or grocery shopping on Sundays, you have more reasons to want the Proposal Package today.
Sooner is better. Not because of limited supply—it’s digital, after all—but because the sooner you start, the faster you’ll get some relief from your crazy-busy days.
If you have any questions, please email me: pat [at] workoptions [dot] com. Otherwise, I look forward to your flex success story soon.
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