Ordering (insert beverage of choice here) and working from your favorite coffee shop might sound good to you. You are smart and work fast so it is easy to envision working from home with a chance to walk the dog on a sunny afternoon between client or project calls. When you work for yourself it is a given. However, if you are not quite your own boss yet, you might be able to make it happen.
Almost twenty years ago, high performing workers started asking for this kind of flexibility. It wasn’t too well received. I remember being told, that I couldn’t do it very often because other people would be mad. My poor manager, he was younger than me and understood what I was seeking. I was more interested in flexibility than a pay raise. But he had to deal with the complexity of managing high performers who can get the job done in the middle of the night with the whiners who complained that it wasn’t fair that they had to sit at their desk all day.
Thankfully, in many workplaces, flexible work schedules are acceptable. If your workplace is not quite up with the times, here is an article and video that might work to help lay the groundwork before you start negotiating.
Any ideas on negotiation? Do you think timing matters?