How to Ask for Flexible Hours

Employers have become focused on employee wellness and have offered employees the opportunity to create a schedule that works best for them. This has been a growing trend throughout the workforce. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately a quarter of U.S. employers offer flexible scheduling. Here are some ways on how you can ask for flexible hours.

First, Check Your Employee Manual

Remember that packet you received on the first day of your job that you probably haven’t looked at since? Read through it again to see if there’s any mention of flexible hours. This will give you an idea of the policy and how to go about asking about it.

Ask Other Colleagues

If your employer currently allows for some employees to have flexible hours, ask other employees what they needed to do in order to get them. Simply go through your game plan with them, and they can provide you with advice.

Ask Your Manager

Once you’ve identified your policy from HR, it’s time to ask your manager. Ask to schedule a meeting with him or her to address your needs. If your manager approves it, make sure that they’re aware of the company policy and that they will communicate your needs to HR. This will be important if your manager ever leaves the company and a new manager is hired that is not as flexible.

If Your Current Employer Doesn’t Offer It, Ask HR

Chances are, it might not be written in the manual as it is only done on request. Think of the reasons why you would need to have flexible hours and give those reasons to HR. Present HR with some reasons why it would be a good benefit to roll out to all employees.

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