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Should I Ask for a Flexible Work Schedule?

After enduring quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it can make returning to the workplace full-time seem very unattractive. When you worked from home, you may have greatly enjoyed the benefits of work not taking up so much of your life. Learning that the duties of your job do not necessarily require you to be physically at work all the time can make you question if going back to the office is really worth it.

The Benefits of a Flexible Work Schedule

When you have a more flexible work schedule, you have time to tend to other aspects of life that are important to you. For example, you might have had to miss out on your child’s band performances due to work conflicts. Now you get to be there for your child and support them. You have realized that you can complete all of your daily work tasks from home and be there to support your child. 

During the time when you did not go to work in person because of the pandemic, you may have realized that parts of your life are non-negotiable. This process is very powerful and should not be dismissed. It may mean you have to have some serious conversations with your employer, and that does not mean that you are doing something wrong.

How Do I Talk With My Employer?

If you feel that you would like — and can successfully manage — a more flexible work schedule, it is appropriate to talk to your employer about this. It does not have to be a tense, argumentative situation. Instead, you can present your thoughts and feelings respectfully and listen calmly to what your supervisor can offer you.

In order to effectively communicate with your employer about this, you must approach the situation openly, respectfully, and with kindness. Let them know how you are feeling and why, and simply ask if there is a possibility for a more flexible schedule, whether that means being at home full-time or part-time. Ideally, your employer will listen and help find a solution that meets both of your needs.

The effects of the pandemic have left many people realizing that going back to work at their workplace full-time is no longer something they are interested in. Many people have benefitted from having a more flexible schedule. When talking to your employer about the possibility of having a more flexible schedule permanently, remember to be calm and respectful. If you need help finding the right way to discuss this possibility with your employer, reach out to The Guest House. We support your decision to ask for a more flexible work schedule. Call (855) 483-7800 today.