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Working Women: Performing the Balancing Act? ...Flexing Your Work Schedule

Working moms know all too well how tricky it can be to perform the balancing act between work and family life. Somehow soccer practices and band concerts always seem to end up being scheduled at the same time as that meeting with your new client.

And…it seems that, for most moms, being pulled in a million different directions is taking its toll.

Did you know almost half of all working moms say they would take a cut in pay if it meant they could spend more time with their children? Or, that they would leave their jobs altogether if their spouses or significant others made enough money to comfortably support the family?

Another startling fact is how much quality time working moms are missing with their kids today. 1 in 3 working moms say they spend less than 3 hours a day with their children; and 1 in 4 working moms have missed an important event in their children’s lives due to work.

With statistics like these, it’s no wonder working moms are feeling overstressed, overworked, and overwhelmed!Today’s companies have heard the battle cries from working moms around the country – and they are responding. From on-site daycare to family-friendly company cafeterias where your family can drop by for dinner, today’s companies are offering incentives for working moms like never before. And…allowing working moms to flex their work schedules is one of today’s most popular incentives.

As a working mom myself, I’d like to share with you some of my top tips for selling your boss on a more flexible work schedule.

Tip #1 – Have a game plan

So, your boss has agreed to meet with you to discuss allowing you to have a more flexible work schedule. The most important thing for you to go into this meeting with is a well thought out plan.

Sell your boss on the idea of a more flexible schedule! Show your boss how you both will benefit from you working a more flexible schedule.

A happy employee is a productive employee. And…. with companies facing a shrinking pool of qualified applicants, keeping top talent is invaluable to them - and they know it!

Most working moms are surprised to hear that 1 in 3 companies today already offer flexible work arrangements. So, do a little investigating – your company may already have a flexible work policy in place and you may not even realize it!Let’s continue our look at how working moms can flex their work schedules with some more of my top tips for selling your boss on a more flexible work schedule.

Tip #2 – Flex your schedule in stages

So, your boss has agreed to the idea of you working a more flexible schedule? Great! But….before you jump right in to your new office hours, it’s really important for you to ease your way into a flexing your schedule step by step.

If your goal is to leave the office early 3 days a week, try easing into your new schedule by leaving early just 1 day a week for a few weeks, and gradually work up to your desired flexible schedule.

By easing into flexing your schedule, working moms will accomplish 2 things:

1. You’ll show your boss you’re committed to your work and you don’t want it to suffer by suddenly switching your schedule.

2. You’ll give yourself a chance to adjust to balancing work and home life to your new schedule. You never know – you may find your new “dream” work schedule isn’t a good fit for you and your family after all.

Showing your boss you’re willing to gradually work up to your goal schedule is impressive. And….many larger companies often require you make these types of changes in stages anyway.

Join me next week as I continue to show you how you can begin flexing your work schedule, and perform the working woman’s balancing act without falling flat on your back.

You can have it all – and I’ll show you how!

Remember, if you shoot for the moon and miss, you are still among the stars!

Valerie Fitzgerald

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