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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Want to work from home forever? How to ask – The Australian Financial Review

So how do you broach the topic with your boss?

Njavro advises people to have a very clear idea of what flexibility they need.

Marko Njavro, co-founder of FlexCareers, advises focusing on your contribution first and let the flexibility request become secondary. 

“Flexible work arrangements are a neatly balanced plan, not ‘ad hoc’ and constantly changing,” he says.

“Make sure to reference any leadership on flexible work arrangements shown by the management, any HR initiatives, as well as the most recent COVID-19 forced work from home experience, particularly if it was productive.”

Focus on your contribution first and let the flexibility request become secondary, he says.

“In the end, it’s important you go into your negotiation with a constructive mindset and think how you can make your proposal work for the business too, not just yourself,” Njavro says.

Dr Melissa Giles, consulting director at management consultancy Interchange, agrees.

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“Flexibility is a two-way street,” she says. “If you want to continue working from home, then it is important to articulate how the business will benefit, along with how you will benefit – professionally and personally.

“We have had the opportunity to demonstrate that we can be productive and engaged whilst working from home due to COVID-19, so capitalise on that.”

Njavro recommends thinking about the potential disadvantages of permanently working from home, such as not getting enough face time with your team, and identifying solutions.

And his final tip?

“Be prepared to compromise. Structure the conversation so it’s a win-win for both parties,” he says.



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