How to Change Your Hours of Work


More and more employees are realizing that the standard nine-to-five work day does not necessarily fit their lifestyles. Many employers are open to discussing other options like part-time work, flexible scheduling and even telecommuting. But even though these work place scenarios are becoming more common, they are still not automatic options for many employees. The key to figuring out how to change your hours of work is presenting your solution in an way that ultimately benefits the company's bottom line.

  • Know your own negotiating position. There are a lot of things than can affect your ability to change your work hours, such as the industry you work in and your position within the organization. If you are seen as a valuable employee, the company's desire to keep you on board may work in your favor.

  • Gauge your supervisor. If your supervisor is behind you, chances are it will be easier to convince the decision makers that changing your work hours is worth serious consideration. Don't try to go around your supervisor.

  • Do your research. Before you make your request, make sure you have a complete understanding of your company's policies and the organizational culture. Carefully review the employee manual. Check for any information about flexible scheduling. Make sure you are clear about how changing your hours might affect your health insurance, vacation/holiday pay and retirement. If possible, find employees who have successfully renegotiated their work hours. If you can't, don't automatically assume that you can't be the first.

  • Develop a formal proposal. Something as important as changing your work schedule is not something you should casually mention at the copy machine. You should develop a written proposal that illustrates a very detailed case supporting your request to change your hours. Try to present the proposal in such a way that it is a win-win situation. You can do this by listing the benefits of your schedule, change like reduced salary costs (if you plan to reduce your workload or switch to part-time), improved productivity and saved office space from telecommuting a couple of days a week.

  • Demonstrate how it will work. Make sure that you show in your proposal how changing your work schedule will actually allow you to meet your work obligations. You'll have to show your employer that you will still be able to successfully manage your time and everything on your plate.

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