Flexible working options that you have

If you would appreciate more flexibility in your role, there are plenty of options that you may consider

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Flex start and finish

Flex start and finish is quite popular option, which means that you work full-time but come to the office earlier or later than the usual time for everyone. Let’s say the office day starts at 9 and everyone works until 6pm. You may agree with your manager to come to the office at 7am and leave at 4pm.

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Working “shifts”

In this flexible work agreement you work so called “shifts”. It means that you can leave the office earlier each day, for example at 3pm and finish up work at home in the evening, working the remaining hours. 

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Part-time

Working part-time means working less hours in a week and requires changes to your work contract. There are 2 options that you may consider while working part-time. You may be leaving your office earlier each day or decide to work as usual, but have some days off. There are several pros and cons to each of the part-time set-ups that are worth considering before choosing one or another.

  • If you decide to be in the office everyday but work less hours, it should be easier to be on top of everything that is going on. It’s easier to avoid backlogs and develop a sustainable life routine. However, people may forget that you should be leaving earlier and may schedule you for meetings after your working hours. You may also end up staying after your agreed hours more often, dealing with work issues that come up.
  • If you decide to work on certain days full-time and on others to be off, the borders of when you work and when you don’t should be clearer and well visible to others. You will also have more time to detach from work. On the other hand you may feel like there is always a backlog to deal with. There might also be some important events or meetings that you will either miss or would need to show up at the expense of your free day – things that may complicate your daily routine.

Compressed work week

When you agree to compress your working week, you will still do the full hours, but have less working days in a week. This means that on some working days in a week you will be off and on others you will make up for that time and stay long hours. Such setup may be useful when you want to reduce the time you lose for long commutes. Let’s take an example of a manager working out of San Francisco and leaving in Washington. He ‘compressed’ his work-days to Mon-Wed, working 12 hours on each of these days and then flying home for the weekend, working just 4 hours from home on Thursday.

Job sharing

Job sharing means that two employees share one full headcount and work in one role as a tandem. This setting is becoming more and more popular, since it seems to be a win-win for you and the company. Company has two people doing one job under one full headcount, meaning unique capabilities, more ideas & perspectives, more skills, more security & sustainable performance. From employee point of view doing job sharing enables them to perform an ambitious and serious role, but have a lot of flexibility by sharing the responsibilities with another person.

Working from home

Working from home is a well-known option. Nowadays more and more employees have an option to work entirely from home or remotely. It may depend on the role that you have, but with current technology solutions it can be done in more and more jobs and companies.

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Whatever option works best for you, don’t be afraid to ask for it. Even if nobody ever asked or succeeded before – you may be the first one!

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