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How to Get a Flexible Work Schedule

How to Get a Flexible Work Schedule

What tips do you have for getting the shift you want?

Francesca Di Meglio | Monster Contributing Writer

Keep Your Promises

Once your flexible schedule gets approved, perform. Noble advises you go beyond your job objectives and set up metrics to measure your progress. She adds that keeping a timeline for achieving certain goals – on the home front and in the office – is a good way to determine if you’re meeting your performance objectives. Check in with your boss often to ensure she’s satisfied with your results. Set up a time to review the success of the proposed schedule a few months after it’s in place. If it’s not working, be open to change.

Communicate with Coworkers

Resentment from fellow coworkers is common. Performing well and communicating often is one way to gain support. “Resentment obstructs what needs to be done,” says Weizmann. “People don’t just walk around with your schedule in their heads.” Tell colleagues and your boss where you are and what you’re doing. Be up front with coworkers, says Noble, and have a back-up plan for modifying the system if necessary.

Set Boundaries

While you’ll need to establish limits so you’re not

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    almost 7 years ago


    I really liked this article. I hope that it will help me a little in the future.

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    almost 7 years ago


    I work in a MD office as a rcovery nurse for in office outpatient procedures. This company has been extremely flexible with my schedule. I work part-time and help babysit two of my grandkids. They allow me to leave early on the two days I babysit. They also allow much flexibility in my scheduling as I am offered days to work and can refuse if necessary. It's a great place towork. Best job I've ever had ( took me 27 years to find it)

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    almost 7 years ago


    Seems like this would be difficult to implement for hospital nurses, but would be worth a try for those who work in management.

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    almost 7 years ago

    Good to know. As a single parent who is also taking care of a disabled parent, it is good to know there are options out there. And putting yourself in the boss's shoes is considerate and only fair.

  • Fish_max50


    about 7 years ago


    Great advice!

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