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The Parent’s Guide to Family Friendly Work by Lori K. Long Ph.D.

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Chapter 15 Asking for Flexibility in Your Current Job

The best opportunity for family-friendly work exists with your current employer. If a company already has confidence in your capabilities, the company will more likely grant your request. When I asked Kevin, who worked part-time after his first child was born, how he negotiated a part-time arrangement with his employer, he told me “I just asked.” He had been with the small family-owned business for several years, and the owners knew he would work out a way to make sure he succeeded.

A company takes a risk when approving an alternate work arrangement. It often requires more work on behalf of management, and even peers in many situations. However, the payoffs for the company can be immense. ...

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