How to Get More Flex Time at Work
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

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Today’s work environment has changed from the traditional hours of 9-to-5, as more workers, particularly young professionals, seek a more balanced schedule between life and the office. Companies are seeing the value in flex workers, and full-time workers who have dealt with the aftermath of recession have come to re-prioritize importance of grinding it out at the office for hours over actually having a life outside the office.

But how do you get that flex job or ask for a more life-balance accommodating schedule? Brazen Careerist offers the following strategy to get you started:

1. Decide what type of job flexibility you want.
2. Assess how likely your employer is to embrace flexibility.
3. Develop a pitch for a flexible work arrangement.
4. Ask for a trial period.
5. If all else fails, look for more flexible pastures.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.