25 Oct Rae Ellen Douglas of Kaye/Bassman International Featured in Health Callings, How to Inquire About Flextime
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Rae Ellen Douglas of Kaye/Bassman International Featured in Health Callings, How to Inquire About Flextime
Dallas, Texas, 10/25/2013: By Terry Sheridan
Women in just about any job, and their husbands or partners, know all too well that trying to get flextime isn’t as easy as company policy may make it seem.
For example, the Stanford School of Medicine has all sorts of flextime opportunities for employees. But as it turns out, the culture of the workplace is such that women don’t want to make use of those options, according to a August 2013 article in the Harvard Business Review. Women fear they’ll seem unprofessional or less caring about career advancement.
A hot study topic
Stanford is hardly alone in its concern. The American Council on Education, with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, has been studying the changes needed for academics to balance their personal and professional lives.
And in yet another think-tank effort, researchers at the Yale School of Management, University of Texas-Austin and Harvard Business School found that men in either low- or high-status jobs were more likely to get flextime than women.
When to ask
So Health Callings asked veteran recruiter Rae Ellen Douglas, leader of the nursing practice at Kaye/Bassman International Corp. in Dallas just how the flextime topic plays out in job seeking. And, naturally, there isn’t just one easy way to handle this.
Hourly positions, for example, generally are set schedules that don’t allow for flextime, she says.
Flexibility most often comes up concerning school schedules, Douglas says. With so many nurses opting to go back to school for that much-talked-about MSN degree, a job candidate could say something like this: “While I work to complete my MSN over the next year, I know that there will be some weeks that I will need to study more to prepare for exams and complete assignments. On those weeks, can my schedule support hours that aren’t the usual but still reflect a full work week?”
If your need for flexibility centers around after-school issues with the kids, and you need to be home by 3 p.m. every day, you need to raise the question during the interview about the length of the workday, Douglas says.
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