In today's work world, employers are looking for ways to cut costs while keeping good employees happy. The easiest way to do this is to offer benefits like flex-time and TELECOMMUTING opportunities rather than raises. And the employee who doesn't take up office space -- yet still gets the job done -- is the more cost-efficient employee. Besides, employers are beginning to recognize that the RUSH craziness cuts into your productivity. The only hard part is gathering up your courage (and your facts about increased productivity, reduced down-time, and cost savings to the boss) and ASKING for it. So we've got a few suggestions.
Put together a realistic PLAN that addresses every issue that might come up -- your hours, equipment and supply needs, how your work will be monitored, and the benefits each party will experience -- to present when you meet with your boss.
If you telecommute, you will be responsible for creating STRUCTURE in your work day. No boss looking over your shoulder means you have to crack your own whip. Can you work independently -- or do you need the office routine to stay on task?
Talk to other people who have successfully negotiated FLEXIBLE schedules to find out how they did it. Ask about the pros and cons of -- perhaps you can recognize potential stumbling blocks and work through several alternative arrangements.
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