You may have read our previous blog on how to broach scary conversations with your employer, where we wanted to give you a confidence boost to navigate those discussions with ease and conviction.

Well, three years on, the topic is still just as important. Flexibility and speaking up are not just buzzwords anymore; they’re integral to a thriving workplace and are qualities that employers not only appreciate but also expect from their employees.

In our 2024 edition of this blog, we want to share with you 4 tips on how to prepare for your meeting, ensuring you get the outcome you want.

Tip 1: Before the meeting, clearly define what you aim to achieve. Whether it’s proposing a new work arrangement, discussing flexible hours, or addressing any concerns, having specific objectives will keep the conversation focused and increase the likelihood of a successful outcome.

Tip 2: Put yourself in your manager’s shoes and anticipate the questions or concerns they might raise during the meeting. Prepare thoughtful and well-reasoned responses to address these potential challenges. This will show you have thoroughly considered your proposal and are ready to collaborate on finding solutions.

Tip 3: Whether it’s industry benchmarks, success stories within the company, or data showcasing the benefits of your proposal, having tangible evidence strengthens your case. Use this information to illustrate how your proposed changes align with broader workplace goals and can positively impact both you and the organisation.

Tip 4: Practice articulating your points with a friend, family member, or even in front of a mirror. This will help you refine your communication, ensuring that you express your thoughts clearly and confidently during the actual meeting.

Remember: After the meeting, express your gratitude for the time and consideration. Follow up with a thank-you email that summarises the key points discussed and reiterates your enthusiasm for the proposed adjustments.

So, as we asked at the end of our last blog— What are you waiting for?

All the GoGecko team wish you the best of luck! We are here for you if you want any further advice, just get in contact.