This is a follow up to a previous question on appraisals.
I work as a software developer in a small IT company, working normal office hours.
Last year in my appraisal, I mentioned I'd like flexible hours, to allow me to come in say, an hour early some days and leave an hour early on others. My three bosses (who are the company directors) explained that they don't offer this to the development team, because the support team can't have it, as they are bound by the hours the phone lines are open.
However, one of my bosses said I could have this 'informally', i.e. I can occasionally exercise this if I ask permission first.
A couple of months later, I asked one of my bosses if I could leave early and was denied. We had a brief meeting to discuss it, and he claimed that it was never agreed that I could have this in my appraisal. The boss who agreed it was away on this particular day so I couldn't get him to back me up.
Since then I've been allowed to leave early on a few occasions, by sending an email to my bosses beforehand. However, I'd still really like 'proper' flexible hours where I don't feel like I'm having to ask them a big favour every time.
I'm really not a great negotiator and usually avoid confrontation, so what techniques or arguments could I use to try to convince them?
A couple of points:
- The directors themselves regularly work flexibly.
- From anecdotal evidence, it seems that many small companies do offer this, especially software companies, so my workplace could be in the minority.