New Hire Tips: Negotiating A Flexible Work Schedule

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New Hire Tips: Negotiating A Flexible Work Schedule

In a Pew Research study earlier this year, more than 50% of full-time working mothers wanted a more flexible work schedule to meet the demands of parenting and their job. Fortunately, more law firms are becoming open to flexible work schedules that allow their attorneys to parent and continue their career. Here are a few tips on how you can negotiate a flexible work schedule.

  1. Assess your needs. Before you propose a flexible work schedule, really think about what you’re trying to gain from the arrangement. Do you want to spend more time with your kids? Do you Flexible Workwant to have more days off during the week? Do you want to work fewer hours? Once you know what you hope to gain, you can begin crafting a draft proposal of the flexible work schedule.
  2. Prove your productivity. One of the biggest concerns employers have with flexible work schedules is that the employee won’t get anything done outside of the watchful gaze of a manager. If you can prove that you’re productive with or without direct supervision, your employer will be open to working with you on a flexible work schedule.
  3. Consider the details. Really map out exactly what you want to propose. Focus on how much time you will give the employer and how those hours will be accounted for. For example, if you’re proposing an extended workday in exchange for a shorter week, you might Flexible Worksuggest a 10 hour day Monday thru Thursday with Fridays off. Or, you might propose that you work from home twice a week if you want to spend more time with your kids who aren’t school age yet.

Getting the flexible work schedule you want requires trust, specificity, and a commitment to being productive even when working from home. Subscribe to the Leopard Blog for discussions on work balance, negotiating benefits, diversity, law firm insights, and other relevant topics.

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