"My company is biased against flex-time users"
Monday, August 3, 2015
Posted by: Barbara Francella
By Trudy Bourgeois
My company offers flex time and other options
designed to help working parents. But those who use them are not seen as
"career minded.” How can I change this?
This one that really
rubs my nerves! This bias exists because leaders still have a "pay for face
time” versus a "pay for performance” mentality. Wrong, wrong, wrong.
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bias is not easy. Here’s what I would do:
First, earn a reputation for
delivering exceptional results.
Second, build and nurture
vertical and horizontal relationships. The focus should be on building trust
and establishing yourself as a leader who does what she says she’s going to
Once your reputation is
rock-solid, have a conversation with your immediate manager about your desire
to use flex time. Tell him or her that you are career-minded, but need support
at this stage in your life to manage all of your responsibilities. Explain to
your manager this is not something you’ll need for the rest of your career,
only for this time period.
Lay out a plan for communicating
daily with the people you work with. Explain how you’ll handle the "She’s not
here again" sound bites.
Do it. If your manager and
your company are not willing to set you up for success, then maybe you need to
exercise the power of your feet and get with a company that fully embraces flex
time as a part of their talent management strategies.
The time that you spend
with your kids (or aging parents) will not come back. Once it’s gone, it’s
gone. Don’t shortchange yourself or your family. Make corporate America work for
you, not against you. Until workplace transformation becomes a reality, each of
us must find our voice and challenge the system.
What’s the worst they
can say? No? Maybe for you, their "No" will lead to your "No," as in "No, thank
you. I don’t care to work in an environment that doesn't get me. Period!"
Trudy Bourgeois is founder and CEO of The
Center for Workforce Excellence and NEW
Executive Leaders Forum conference designer. She
is happy to answer your career questions. Please email them to NEW
Communications Manager Barbara Grondin
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