I was recently asked to contribute to a feature in Closer Magazine, on how to ask for changes at work. I was happy to speak on topics I feel so strongly about – such as the right to request flexible work and how to strive for a promotion. Here are a couple of extracts:
You have the right to ask for flexible working hours 26 weeks after starting a job and your employer has to respond within three months. Your request can include working remotely, compressing hours or staggering start times. If your employer refuses, they must give you sound business reasons as to why. “Prepare a case tor flexible working that’s been carefully written and present it to your manager or HR team, focusing on the benefits to your bosses,” says Olivia Bath, founder of The Women’s Vault. “Show how you will continue to fulfil your role requirements. Compressed hours can save you up to £3,000 per year, per child on childcare costs. You will be paid your full-time salary maintaining career progression, plus you get an extra day with your child. It really is a win-win. so think of the age-old phrase, ‘If you don’t ask, you don’t get!'”
NAIL A PROMOTION
Feel you’re being overlooked? “Ask your manager for specific feedback and examples illustrating why you’ve missed out on a promotion or why you’re not currently eligible,” says Olivia. “There mav be some hard truths, but listen carefully
and try not to get defensive. From there, ask your boss to help you create a performance improvement timeline. You will need to hold yourself accountable to this and may want to consider finding a mentor or coach who has an objective opinion and who can help you to work on areas where you are struggling.
Case Study: How doing a compressed work week allows career progression, flexibility and work/life balance – read Marisa Dellaca’s story