BATTLE THE BIAS
Bailyn says that one of the biggest barriers to making these situations successful is the attitude of others. In fact, some people perceive any f lexible arrangement as a sign that you aren’t committed. Williams has observed this stigma in her research at the Center for WorkLife Law. “In most organisations this is seen as an ‘odd duck’ arrangement,” she says. The best way to challenge this bias is to excel at the work. “Make it very clear that you’re meeting the norms which the organisation has for people who are dedicated to the job,” says Williams.