There has been a lot of focus on the way we work post Covid, with many employers now offering remote and hybrid working, and many employees seeking more flexibility. As a result, the call for a 4-day working week appears to be gathering momentum, from the early adopters who have tried it out and found it beneficial to those who do not think it is sustainable in the long term. In addition to other established flexible options, e.g. part-time working, job share roles, term-time working, how important is 4-day working for you? Would a 4-day working week be a make or break for you?
In sessions, I encourage coachees to think about their alignment with their roles or employers of choice. Think about what you want vs what is being offered by the employer, then consider what they want vs what you have to offer. If you are changing careers this could be a vital part of the decision-making process in how to present your skills, strengths, experiences. Additionally, a strong alignment with a new employer could help you to see how your values will fit in a new setting and may enhance the quality of the conversation you have at interview.
If you are thinking about a 4-day working week, prepare to have that conversation. Check out the campaign for the 4-day working week
Consider the following;
- What’s your plan to do the contracted work?
- What format would work for you?
- Why is it important to you?
- What support will you need?
- What resources will you need?
- How long will the arrangement last?
- Where will you be based?
- How will you maintain social connections with your team?
- What will you do with the additional time?
3-day weekend anyone? A resounding “Yes” for me! Any extra time will be a good opportunity to get more done in my garden!
Until next time. Go make those Transitions!
Career Transition Coach
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