Requesting flexible working arrangements need not be as daunting as it sounds. Here are a few tips on how to request flexible working arrangements with your employer.
- Understand your organisation’s flexible work policy (if any). Speak with colleagues and gain an understanding of the different types of arrangements in place.
- Talk with your partner about your personal situation and what the ideal scenario looks like.
- Think about the needs of the business. Start to pull together your business case for working flexibly (we have a pitch-perfect letter below to use as a template to submit your request to your employer).
- Draft your request and send to your employer.
- Ask to meet with your manager to discuss the proposal.
- If eligible, you should know within 21 days.
- Make sure you put everything in writing and keep checking in with your manager to make sure the arrangement is working for both parties.
Private and confidential
Dear [insert manager’s name]
RE: Request for flexible working arrangements
I would like to request to work a flexible work arrangement that is different to my current working arrangement.
I am making this request to help care for my child.
I can confirm I have worked continuously as an employee of this organisation for the last 12 months and am employed on a [full-time basis/part-time basis/casual basis].
I would like to start working [include a paragraph to describe the flexibility you would like to have in the future including the days/hours/times you would like to work].
These changes will assist me because [insert reasons].
I would like to request this working arrangement to start from [insert date].
I think this change in my working pattern will affect my employer and colleagues by [include any information on the impact you feel your flexible working pattern will have on your employer].
I think the impact on the business and my colleagues can be dealt with by [include steps you feel can be taken to accommodate your flexible working pattern].
I would appreciate your response to this request and am happy to discuss this matter at a time that is convenient. I am willing to discuss possible alternatives to the arrangements I have outlined, and I am also willing to work with you to make sure that this arrangement works effectively for both the business and me.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Source: Fair Work Ombudsman