Job flexibility is not just a women’s issue and I’m encouraged to see more and more direct evidence of that fact in my daily work.
For one, the percentage of men who order my flexible work proposals has been steadily creeping upwards since 1997, the year WorkOptions first went online.
Still, I wish the men would write to me! In contrast with the many women who send their stories, I hardly ever get testimonials from men. (And I don’t doubt that they are also getting their flexible work requests approved.)
So Jonathan Crane rocked my day recently when he sent me (digital) fan mail that made me smile. Here are the four reasons why.
Smile #1: Jon got approval to continue his job 1800 miles away from the main office. He works as a Royalty Analyst for a company that specializes in intellectual property rights in the tech industry. The Telecommuting Proposal Package he used is designed for requesting remote work one, two or three days out of the workweek, but I was thrilled to learn that, like several others, he successfully adapted the proposal to long-distance telecommuting.
Smile #2: Jon showed admirable support of his wife’s career. The reason for his cross-country move? His wife is finishing a doctorate in physical therapy and was accepted into a residency program several states away. He was ready to move no matter what to support her professional advancement. (And he would have had to look for a new job in the new state if he didn’t ask for, and get approval of, the long-distance telework arrangement. )
Smile #3: Along with approval to telecommute long distance, he got a promotion and a raise. This affirms that remote work doesn’t have to be a hindrance to career advancement. Jon’s wise employer obviously recognized valuable talent and used not only telecommuting as a retention tool (one of the big bottom-line benefits of flex), but also cash and career recognition. Nice.
Smile #4: Jon wrote to say thank you. The guys hardly ever do that!
Here’s Jon’s original email:
I just wanted to pass along my appreciation for a quality product. I honestly anticipated cashing in on the guarantee, but after reading the telecommuting 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.
I had to tailor the proposal for my needs because I’m moving across the country. I submitted my proposal. The response was overwhelmingly positive: I was granted full time telecommuting, a promotion and a raise! I received special compliments for the proposal as it addressed the concerns of the CFO directly, and that’s what really sealed the deal. So, thank you!
(A follow-up email revealed his job title and the back story about his wife’s residency program.)
Thank you, Jon, for making my day.
What about you? Do you have a bold flexible work request to make at your job? What’s holding you back? Here’s how to build your confidence to ask for flexible work.
Here’s the Telecommuting Proposal Package Jon used to get approval to work remotely.