Creating Solutions for Flexible Work Arrangements (FWA)

How the Flexible Work Arrangement Affects Your Job

Consider how the flexible work arrangement affects your job responsibilities, your customers, supervisors and coworkers.

Talk with Employees Who Have Used FWA

Find out what has worked and what hasn't, and how they involved their supervisors and coworkers. Use the information when developing your FWA proposal. The Emory WorkLife Resource Center collects data on employees using flexible work arrangements, and can provide you with contact information for an employee participating in a similar arrangement.

Create Several Options for Handling Your Job Responsibilities

Create several options for handling your job responsibilities that work well for you and your department, customers, and coworkers. Plan for everyday and emergency situations. For example, if you want a flexible schedule, determine how problems can be addressed that may arise after your departure. Your manager is much more likely to accept your proposal if you have given thought to your work and how to address potential concerns or problems that could arise as a result of the arrangement.

Develop a Communication Plan

Some managers are wary of flexible arrangements because he/she may not know how to reach an employee in their time of need. For example, if your manager receives an urgent request for a report, which is saved on your computer, he/she may be unable to access that information until you return to work. You should address this concern in your proposal and agree to acceptable terms as to how the manager can contact you, if needed.