Shifting employee expectations may lead to more work from home.
If you work better in your pajamas, you’re part of a growing trend.
Over 43 percent of employees said they would prefer the addition of flex time over a pay raise, according to a survey released yesterday by Unify, a communications and software firm.
Unify defines flex time as “… a few days per week working from home; or the ability to work in the office for part of the day, and then finish at home.”
Unify says the results indicate a movement toward the “Flex Work Imperative—a perfect storm of employee demand, an improving job market, and numerous laws that are shifting flex work from being a job perk to an employee’s right.”
The survey also found that one-third of employees said they would change employers if offered flex hours at a different company.
“It is time to get on board,” said Bill Hurley, Chief Marketing Officer at Unify. “Business leaders who ignore the Flex Work Imperative could find themselves suffering the loss of their best employees.”
What are some ways you can convince your employer to let you work from home? Here are some tips to get you started…
Ask for flex time instead of a raise.
Employers know they can’t give everyone a raise. So instead of asking your boss for one, consider asking for flex time instead. Try asking to work a little later four days a week, so you can have the fifth day off. Or if you have kids, try asking to come into work a little earlier so you can leave earlier, too. That’ll be good for you and your company’s bottom line.
California, Iowa, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island and South Carolina have directed state agencies to allow flextime schedules for their employees, according to Stateline. So far, Vermont is the only state to mandate flextime for private employees as well, but a few cities may be joining the ranks. San Francisco already has, and in June, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer recommended that the city implement “Right to Request” legislation so that employees can ask for flex time without fear of reprisal.
Use the economic argument to win over your boss.
The flextime laws that have already been passed don’t require your boss to give you a flexible work schedule — they just ensure you won’t get fired because you asked. Regardless of whether a law impacts you or not, you should be upfront with your boss about how your efficiency as an employee will improve with flex.
Working from home one or two days a week can save you money on child care, and prevent you from having to rush home from the office to care for an elderly parent or relative. Having flexible hours can increase employee morale, and can lead to greater productivity, benefiting both you and your boss.