The Office of Work/Life Resources offers a sample flexible work request form and a sample flex work proposal as a basis for the discussion between employee and manager. There is no fixed formula for a flexible work request, but general best-practices suggest a written proposal including:
- The schedule you would like to work
- The potential benefit to the department
- An explanation of how the work would get done under the new arrangement
- A specific plan to address any potential impact on colleagues and clients
- Proposed methods of communication with co-workers
- Criteria for measuring the success of the arrangement once it begins
- Suggestion for a trial period (typically 90 days)
- The expression of flexibility on your part, i.e., that this is simply a proposal, and you are open to other solutions
For other tips on drafting a flex-work proposal, browse the Articles and Resources on Flex-Work.
Managers and supervisors are not obligated to grant requests. Please keep in mind that some units and jobs may not be suited to alternate work arrangements.