I intend to negotiate with my current employer to change my working arrangement from Full-time telecommute worker to Part-time telecommute worker. For context; I am a Software Engineer in Australia working for an Australian company.
I have written the below letter and I intend to email this letter to my GM and then discuss in person. FYI, the letter template is from an Australian Government website.
Is there anything you think I should change/add that will give me the best chances of success? Should I try to make a more persuasive case? etc.?
Dear Mr XYZ
I would like to request a change in my current working arrangement from full time basis to a part time basis.
I am making this request so I can engage in tertiary & independent study of Computer Vision in XYZ_COUNTRY and to further my career goals.
The changes I am requesting include; I would like to work a minimum of 20 hours a week during the hours of 0830 – 1700 XYZT (XYZ Time), a reduction in role responsibilities commensurate with any reduction in salary and that these changes take effect from *September 15th 2017 onwards or immediately after the release of BUSINESS_PROJECT – whichever comes first. In any such future agreement I would like to preserve the period of notice set out in my current contract.
I believe that the *time-period mentioned above best considers both the business and my personal needs and that the resulting changes will benefit the company as well as myself. Upon the aforementioned juncture; the most effort intensive and technically challenging system development is expected to have been completed. And the business will have transitioned from building critical operations systems to maintaining and expanding these systems with ancillary features. This new phase will require less time and effort by technical members and therefore coincide nicely with a reduction in my working hours and role. To make the changes in working arrangement as seamless as possible I would be happy to assist in the acquisition and training of any additional IT staff. I believe that the quality and quantity of my work produced to date whilst working remotely, autonomously and with regular tele-communication provide strong evidence that my location or physical presence does not impact my ability to produce quality software in a timely manor for the business.
I would appreciate your response to this request, within 21 days of today's date. I am happy to discuss this matter at a time that is convenient during work hours. 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 succeeds for both the business and myself.