An employer can offer work flexibility, but it's up to each employee to reach out, capture that flexibility and use it to manage their unique work+life fit, day-to-day and at major life transitions.
And do it in a way that works for them and their job.
This is a new, modern skill set that, unfortunately, most people don’t have. But that they need.
Often the flexible work "abuse" that leaders, managers and HR fear occurs simply because someone didn’t understand how to meet their employer halfway and play their partnership role effectively.
They didn't know how to make telework, flexible hours, a compressed workweek or reduced schedule a success for them, their team and the business. But they can learn.
Read: Work+Life: Finding the Fit That's Right for You (Riverhead/Penguin Group, 2004). In her first book, FSG/WLF's CEO and founder, Cali Williams Yost, led the effort to show people how to create, negotiate and implement a formal flexible work plan that officially changed how, when or where they worked for a period of time.
Read: TWEAK IT: Make What Matters to You Happen Every Day (Center Street/Hachette, 2013). With her NEW book, Yost completes the work+life fit toolkit by helping people harness the power of small actions and priorities to create their own foundation of well-being and order every day.
Join: the TWEAK IT Together Community. Bring the learning and support from pages of TWEAK IT to life! Track your "Tweaks of the Week" real-time, share your "tweaks" and learn from others on social media, and connect with the "get-started" wisdom of 50+ personal and career experts.
Check out: Flex Bootcamp: The formal flexibility "how to" strategies from Work+Life and the everyday work+life fit practice from TWEAK IT are presented in e-learning, webinar and live learning formats.
Related Articles from FSG/WLF:
- Why Flexibility Won't Work Unless Your Employees Are Your Partners
- Work+Life Flexibility: Change Requires an Employee+Employer Partnership
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