Task 1: Become an expert.
The more you know about this subject, the better you will be able to establish new commuting and working habits. Because there are obstacles too.
Find someone at your company who already chooses to commute outside peak times or who works flexibly in another way and ask them about their experiences (advantages, disadvantages and recommendations). Arrange a time to meet them for a break or lunch – today if possible.
Task 2: Agree on reasonable principles.
In this task, we would like to encourage you to come up with three reasonable principles that you can agree on with your manager or individual colleagues, as required. Start with simple rules or make existing, unspoken rules explicit and transparent. The principles should help you to become the type of commuter you wish to be.
Examples of principles:
- Time-frames for meetings: discussions between two people may take place at any time between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. However, the participants may choose whether they wish to use Skype or be there in person. Meetings are also permitted between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. as there are plenty of meeting rooms available then.
- Telephone contact: staff who work from home or while travelling can be contacted by telephone. However, my colleagues respect the fact that I need to concentrate and not be disturbed when working. That is why they only call me in urgent cases. They also do not call after a certain time at night.
- Transparent progress: I present my progress and results at the fortnightly team meetings or document them in writing and make them available to everyone.
In the input field below, define a maximum of three principles and schedule them as a topic at the next meeting. Please note: you should put forward your idea and then discuss it afterwards. For that, you will need to be diplomatic. Take time during the meeting to explain your reasons to the other person(s). Do not be disappointed if you only achieve half your goal initially. Your meeting completes the module.
Congratulations – you have now completed your coaching. It’s time to begin smart commuting! Please remember that flexible working models are an ongoing topic of discussion. Talk to your team about their feelings and expectations regarding flexible working as often as possible. Please note that we also offer a team workshop dealing with this subject.
We wish you the best of luck and hope you enjoy commuting outside peak times.