All workplaces are different and there are variations of behavior within a given employer. While many have formally stated value or principles, there are typically unstated expectations that govern what is permitted and what is not.

When openness to extended work and flexible and phased retirement exists, there is ideally a set of principles or assumptions for the behavior of employers and employees that encourage successful outcomes. These mark the spirit in which you should consider any proposal.

  • Innovative arrangements should enhance individual and business success
  • Job performance is a major factor in any employment decision
  • What works for one employee does not work for everyone
  • Maximizing outcomes depends on ongoing give-and-take
  • Creative, not cookie cutter solutions are necessary
  • Different ways of working are options, not entitlements
  • The way it’s always been done does not define how it can be done

In the course of proposing and negotiating different ways of working, it is helpful to determine if you are comfortable with these principles. You may also choose to discuss them with your manager to clarify the basis on which you hope to proceed.

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