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How to convince your boss to let you work flexi hours

Are you struggling to manage your work/life balance? Do your current working hours make it a struggle to stay on top of your other duties? These days, flexi working arrangements are more popular than ever. But how do you convince your boss to let you work flexi hours? Find out here...

Consider your duties and responsibilities

It's unfortunate, but some jobs simply don't suit flexi hours working arrangements. For example, if you work in a customer facing environment that has set opening hours, your options may be limited. Likewise if you work closely with other members of a team, it may not be feasible for you to have a different working day to them. It's therefore important to be realistic about how your job would change if you started working flexi hours.

Consider it from your boss' perspective

Your boss is likely to have a few reservations and concerns about granting you permission to work flexi hours. What can you do to alleviate their fears? It's a good idea to prepare a formal written proposal that details exactly how you will continue to fulfil each of your duties.

Give them a get-out clause

Bosses may be more willing to respond positively to a flexi working proposal if they are given a get-out clause. We recommend proposing a trial period of say, three months. After this time you can perform a review of the arrangements with your boss and if they are unhappy, revert to the traditional working practices. You'll want to do everything you can during this time to convince them that flexi working pays off.

Appeal to their human side

Bosses are human too, believe it or not. If you want to win them over and convince them to allow you to work flexi hours, give a compelling reason. Of course, you'll want to make it clear that your personal life will not interfere with your working life.

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