Negotiating a flexible work schedule

Barbara Turvett, Executive Editor-in-Chief of Working Mother Magazine, shares advice for working moms on how to negotiate a flexible work schedule
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Negotiating a flexible work schedule

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Should you ask for a more flexible work schedule if your company doesn't make a habit of it? Yes, but you have to do it the right way. Most moms want a more flexible schedule. In fact, everybody does these days, for some life balance. To persuade your boss, make a case for how it will benefit your company, not just you. One mom sold a 7:00 a.m. start time, so she could leave early to pick up her child for after school activities, by suggesting to her boss that she would be in early enough to finish it up by the time they got in at 9:00 a.m. If you want to work, say a day at home a week, make a case that you will be able to work more, not less if you don't have to worry about commute time. Make a plan for where you are going to work, how people can reach you, the hours you will be available, and suggest that you will do a one month plan. Give a date where you will evaluate the plan. Overall, you have to build trust, and let your boss know that you will continue to be a high performer.

Barbara Turvett, Executive Editor-in-Chief of Working Mother Magazine, shares advice for working moms on how to negotiate a flexible work schedule

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Barbara Turvett

Working Mother Magazine Executive Editor

As Working Mother magazine’s Executive Editor, Barbara Turvett is integrally involved in the magazine’s editorial viewpoint and planning. She oversees and edits women’s, family and work life content, top edits the entire magazine and also contributes to workingmother.com. Barbara has specialized in parenting, women’s health and education topics throughout her career. She has written and edited for many national publications and websites, among them Parenting, Parents, Family Circle, Weight Watchers, Child, McCall’s, Sesame Street Parents, Healthy Kids, Men’s Fitness and American Baby magazines. Barbara has edited two award-winning early childhood education books, and she has written a health book and edited several cookbooks for Weight Watchers Publishing Group. Prior to life in publishing, she was an actress and singer and performed in film, theatre and nightclubs. Barbara enjoys life in New York City with her husband, teenage daughter and pet cockatiel.

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