Below is a brief excerpt from the Compressed Workweek Proposal Package from WorkOptions.com, cited by The Wall Street Journal as “the best all-around website” for talking your boss into a flexible work schedule.
Note: Before starting your proposal, check that a compressed four-day workweek is the right fit for your job and life.
A hard-copy proposal makes a critical difference in getting your request for a compressed four-day workweek approved. Do you have two minutes? You can start it now.
Highlight and copy the INTRODUCTION and PURPOSE sections below. Then paste into a word processing document.
Customize the information inside the brackets and you’re already done with page one.
You’ll notice the proposal’s tone leans on the formal side. From what I’ve seen in 20+ years as a flexible work advisor, a detailed, formal request is more persuasive than a casual one. It reflects a seriousness of intent which makes a manager more likely to agree to the request.
Adapt the formality as you see fit. Or use the less formal version included inside the full Compressed Workweek Proposal Package.
A PROPOSAL TO RESTRUCTURE
THE [JOB TITLE] POSITION HELD BY [YOUR NAME]
Submitted by [your name]
This proposal outlines a plan for restructuring my current full-time position as [job title] into a full-time and equally-productive compressed workweek arrangement.
It aligns with [your employer’s name]’s objectives to [insert your employer’s published statements of objectives for employee satisfaction or for being an “employer of choice.” Refer to Proposal Preparation Step 1 in the Compressed Workweek Proposal Package to custom-tailor this paragraph.]
[If not too lengthy, insert a few quotes from online or printed company literature that support what you’ve just stated above. If your employer has no published statements to draw upon, use the following:]
The proposed plan also aligns with the progressive workplace practices in companies [or organizations] throughout the US, Canada and Europe, including DuPont, Fannie Mae, IBM and MetLife, resulting in measurable employer advantages. See Bottom-Line Benefits of Flexible Work Arrangements at the end of this proposal.
(Note: “Bottom-Line Benefits of Flexible Work Arrangements” is included in the Compressed Workweek Proposal Package. This section alone will save you hours of research time.)
The plan outlined below is a mutually-beneficial approach to retaining my training and experience that will also lead to an increase in on-the-job [select: productivity; concentration; energy; loyalty; efficiency; creativity]. End of Page 1
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You completed page one; now get the rest done—today. What’s next? The lengthier PLAN section is the core of your proposal. Yet it’s relatively quick to customize it to match your job.
You’ll find the PLAN section’s custom-insert places are framed with persuasive words and compelling phrases (a distinct advantage of a Proposal Package from WorkOptions over a generic one), which position you, the person, on your merits as an employee.
Many thanks for the research and structure you provide to create a winning proposal; my compressed workweek schedule has been approved. Diana Mezick, Administrative Assistant, Bethesda, MD
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