How to find an employer that offers flexible work arrangements
Nine to five not your idea of the perfect workday? Then the good news is that there are plenty of employers that offer flexible work arrangements — such as an earlier or later start to the day or telecommuting. So if you’re looking for a new job, how can you find one with flex work?
- Use filters or keywords on aggregate job sites. Most of the aggregate job sites — like Monster — allow you to use keywords or filters when performing a search. Use terms like “flex” and “telecommute” for the best results.
- Look on FlexJobs. FlexJobs is an entire website dedicated to jobs that allow a certain degree of telecommuting and/or offer flexible work schedules. You can search by location and job category — plus, there’s even a remote job market map.
- Research employers’ work policies. According to The Wall Street Journal in the article “How to Find Companies With Flexible Work Arrangements,” if you already have a company in mind, do some research to find out if it offers flexible work arrangements. Check the company’s website and talk to people in your network who are familiar with the organization.
- Do an Internet search. This will likely give you some links to useful articles about companies that offer flex work. For example, the Glassdoor article “13 Companies That Let You Work Remotely” lists Humana, Dell, and Aetna as companies that currently have a flexible approach as to when and where their employees work.
- Negotiate a flexible work arrangement during the application process. If you don’t know whether or not a company offers flexible hours or remote work opportunities, you can address the matter during the interviewing process. However, according to Nancy Collamer in her Forbes article “How to Find a Flexible Job or Create One,” it’s advisable to refrain from talking about flex work until you’re further along in the job application process and are confident the employer is interested in hiring you.
- Ask your current employer for a flexible work arrangement. If you’re happy where you are and would like to stay with your company, set up a meeting with your manager to discuss the possibility of working non-traditional hours or telecommuting. Provide some insights as to how you would go about it, for example by stating which hours you’d like to work or how you’d communicate with the office if you were working from home. If you can already provide solutions to any possible problems, your employer is much more likely to agree.
Remember that if you want flex work, the arrangement will have to benefit your employer as well as yourself. That’s why it’s wise to check in with your manager once you’re working different hours or telecommuting to find out if the results are satisfactory. If not, ask what you can do to improve the situation because oftentimes, a little tweak is all that’s needed to make it work for everyone involved.
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