You love your job, but it’s time to turn your 9-5 into something more flexible. Unfortunately, you’re completely clueless as to how to ask your boss for a flexible schedule. Fortunately, there are many resources that can help you achieve your goal of working from home. Here are just a few of them.

Free 1MFWF webinar

On October 23 at 1PM ET, join 1MFWF for our webinar Requesting Telecommuting, Part-Time, and Flexible Arrangements from Your Employer. Panelists Paul Rupert, a pioneer in flexible work and management for 40 years, and Jessica DeGroot, who helps employees follow a “third path” that allows for success at work and at home, will share their expertise to help you ask for and achieve the flexibility you need. Register now.


A 1 Million for Work Flexibility supporter, WorkOptions has helped thousands of stressed out staffers find their flex. You can browse their free articles on flexible work, or you can purchase their template proposals that can help you make the strongest case for workplace flexibility. Choose from Compressed Workweek Proposal, Job Sharing Proposal, Part-time Proposal, and Telecommuting Proposal. They address issues that may come up during negotiations with your boss, and are even recommended by The Wall Street Journal.

Work+Life Fit books

If you’re a big believer in self-help books, you’ll love the books by Cali Williams Yost. As the CEO and Founder of 1MFWF supporter Work+Life Fit Inc., Yost has penned two publications that can help you find the flex you need—and deserve. In Tweak It: Make What Matters to You Happen Every Day, you’ll learn the secrets of work-life balance from those who are truly living it. And in Work+Life: Finding the Fit That’s Right for You, you’ll create your own work+life fit ideal and make it a reality.

When Work Works

Whether it’s putting together a bookcase or asking for flex, sometimes you just need a toolkit to help guide you in the process. When Work Works has a free download, the Workflex Employee Toolkit, which is designed to help employees make workflex a part of their everyday lives. Offering advice from many workplace experts, it provides tips on how to build up the courage to ask for a flexible schedule, and more importantly, how to make it work for you once you’ve been given the green-light to work from home.


Even the United States Department of Labor is an advocate for work flexibility! The government agency has a free Workplace Flexibility Toolkit, which was developed by the Office of Disability Employment Policy and the Women’s Bureau. The Toolkit offers a whopping 185 resources for both employers and employees, policymakers and researchers alike on how to successfully achieve workplace flexibility. The Toolkit includes case studies and a FAQ section, as well as reports, articles and tip sheets.

If you’ve been contemplating asking your boss for a flexible schedule but haven’t known where to begin, you can use some of these resources to get you started and on the road to flex—and work-life balance—in no time.

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