How to Ask for a Flexible Schedule

When Janine Low found out she was pregnant, she asked her boss if she could bring her son to work when she returned to her job as vice president of marketing and operations for AvenueWest Global Franchise, and she was told she could — until he could walk. “When he started crawling and getting into everything, I asked if I could work from home two days a week,” Low says. That was almost three years ago, and she still works from home two days a week. “My advice to everyone is to always ask for what you need or want — the worst they can do is say no and at least this will open up the field for negotiation.” FlexJobs, a job search site that specializes in flexible jobs, says telecommuting and work-from-home options are growing, and more employers are considering 30-hour weeks and early, or late, start shifts. …

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Finances: The #1 Concern of Employees at Home & Work

What consumes the thoughts of your employees more than anything else both while they’re working and while they’re at home? Sure, occasionally the answer to this question will be politics, family, or health, but most of the time the one concept which consumes our thoughts the most is money. By no means am I suggesting that people are obsessed with money, but the reality is our lives are dictated by our need for our incomes. From the moment we get our first jobs, we create expenses to match our incomes. And as our incomes rise, we accumulate more expenses. For some, expenses accumulate faster than their income increases. Based on the latest research, the population of Americans who have more expenses than income is growing. The 3 Primary “Jobs” of Money Unfortunately, the problems don’t stop there. When we earn our incomes, the money has three primary jobs: First, the …

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