This afternoon, @Trish and Cali Williams Yost, author of Tweak It: Make What Matters to You Happen Every Day, joined me on Your Caregiving Journey to talk about pitching a policy change to your employer. You can listen to our show via the player below.
Trish shared her story of asking her employer to agree to let her use her sick days to care for her brother, Robert. Under the existing policy, she could not use her sick days because she cares for her brother, rather than a spouse or parent. So, when Robert needed her, she used her vacation time. Believing another solution existed, she approached her employer and requested that she be allowed to use her sicks days instead of her vacation time. Her employer accepted her proposal on her third pitch.
Cali shared tips to help you propose a change in policy to help you in your caregiving role:
1. Be prepared with a serious proposal, backed up with data.
2. Present your solution for how your work will get done with the policy change.
3. Share a benefit to your employer for approving your request.
She also suggested using her first book, Work + Life, to help as you create your pitch. Cali said most companies will want to work with a valued employee who needs a policy change in order to manage work and family responsibilities.
We spoke about a company’s fear about rolling out a change in policy or benefit without first testing it on a small group of employees. So, as you pitch, keep in mind that you can be the one who sets a precedence that allows a policy to change for others. After you receive approval for your proposal, monitor its impact on your performance and on others. You’ll want to provide evidence that the change is a good one that benefits the company.
We ended the show with a conversation about Yahoo and its decision to require all employees to report to the office rather than work from home. I shared my concerns about the discussion around the decision–that flexibility is still viewed as a solution for working parents only. (You can read more in yesterday’s post, “The Discussion Around Yahoo’s Decision Bothers Me.”)
What are your experiences? Have you tried to change a policy in order to make caregiving easier for you? Please share your experiences in our comments section, below.
–To hear another story about a working family caregiver setting a precedence at work with a policy change, listen to last week’s show, “A Workable Solution to the Problem of Distance.”
- The Discussion Around Yahoo’s Decision Bothers Me (caregiving.com)
- Looking for Work While Navigating Caregiving (caregiving.com)
- FMLA and the Working Family Caregiver (caregiving.com)
- Caregiving and Your Career: What Do You Want? (caregiving.com)
- The Future of Caregiving: A Designated Family Caregiver? (caregiving.com)
- Contribute to the Caregiving.com Fund Drive (caregiving.com)
- End-of-Life Conversations Even After Life (caregiving.com)
- Working and Caregiving: Emotions in the Workplace (caregiving.com)
- How Do You Manage Caregiving’s Slooooow Motion? (caregiving.com)
- A Workable Solution for the Problem of Distance (caregiving.com)