A hard-copy proposal makes a critical difference in getting your request for a job sharing arrangement approved. Do you have two minutes? You can start it now.
Highlight and copy the INTRODUCTION and PURPOSE sections below, excerpted from the Job Sharing Proposal Package. Then paste into a word processing document.
Customize the information inside the brackets and you’re already done with page one.
A PROPOSAL FOR THE RESTRUCTURING
OF THE [JOB TITLE] POSITION HELD BY [YOUR NAME]
Submitted by [your name]
This proposal outlines a plan for restructuring my current full-time position as [job title] into a full-time and equally-productive [or say “more productive” if you think it will be] job sharing arrangement.
It aligns with [your employer’s name]’s objectives to [insert your employer’s published statements of objectives for employee satisfaction or for being an “employer of choice.” Refer to Proposal Preparation Step 1 in the Job Sharing Proposal Package to custom-tailor this paragraph.]
[If not too lengthy, insert a few quotes from online or printed company literature that support what you’ve just stated above. If your employer has no published statements to draw upon, use the following:]
The nature of the proposed plan also aligns with the progressive workplace practices in companies [or organizations] throughout the US, Canada and Europe, including All-State Insurance, IBM and Deloitte, resulting in measurable employer advantages. See Bottom-Line Benefits of Flexible Work Arrangements at the end of this proposal.
(Note: “Bottom-Line Benefits of Flexible Work Arrangements” is included in the Job Sharing Proposal Package. This section alone will save you hours of research time.)
The plan outlined below is a mutually-beneficial approach to retaining my training and experience that will also lead to an increase in on-the-job [select: productivity; concentration; energy; loyalty; efficiency; creativity]. End of Page 1
Complete Your Proposal Today with the Job Sharing Proposal Package
You completed page one; now get the rest done—today. What’s next? The lengthier PLAN section is the core of your proposal. Yet it’s relatively quick to customize it to match your job.
You’ll find the PLAN section’s custom-insert places are framed with persuasive words and compelling phrases (a distinct advantage of a Proposal Package from WorkOptions over a generic one), which position you, the person, on your merits as an employee.
“I received many positive comments on the overall organization of my proposal…It was helpful to have someone present ways to word things and give structure and flow…[your proposal] gave me confidence that I would not have had otherwise.” Mary Beth McCarthy, Head of Corporate Communications, Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc., Champaign and Chicago, Illinois
If you like to read success stories, here’s a long page of testimonials.