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How To Get The Flexibility You Want With The Job Clarity You Need WORDS BY ELLA STOCKDALE Today more than ever people are

to what help might be available.

opportunity and to think that

looking to the job market to provide

It’s true that this pandemic was

everything else can be worked

flexibility

a

unforeseen, but if crises serve

out at a later date. However,

variety of circumstances, rather

any purpose, it is to remind us

this tendency to put off difficult

than being fixed in a full-time

to prepare for the unexpected.

conversations

position

to

accommodate

with

one

employer.

only

causes

uncertainty and potential conflict. So, how do you keep the benefits

Whether it’s having multiple

of flexibility and gain the security

In the absence of negotiation,

jobs

self-employed,

that comes with knowing where

what is left is assumption which is

many are choosing not to mould

you stand? However you work,

often the starting point of dispute.

their

there are a few simple steps you

Negotiations are not always easy

need to take to know where you

conversations, but they don’t

stand when you need it the most.

need to be exhausting either. If

or

being

lives

around

one

role.

Yet during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis we are seeing how little

handled in a direct and upfront

clarity some people have over

1. NEGOTIATE

their employment status – are

Every new role or piece of work

they PAYE employees, part-time,

should begin with a negotiation,

full-time,

We

a discussion about what each

Make sure your future employer

now know that employment

side expects. In the early stages

knows

status means a lot when it comes

it is easy to feel grateful for the

require and how you expect it to be

self-employed?

way

they

damaging

avoid

potentially

conversations

what

flexibility

later.

you


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