By Chip Cutter, AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Ryan's schedule becomes a juggling act this time of year.
Come springtime the public relations account manager in Richmond, Va., has to balance his work responsibilities with coaching a varsity high school baseball team. And to be an effective coach he needs to leave work early to supervise practices, attend games and travel to tournaments.
It's a common situation these days. Many workers face scheduling conflicts in April and May as they seek time off to coach Little League teams, attend school recitals or go to graduation events.
But getting time away isn't always easy, especially when staffing is tight and overloaded co-workers might be reluctant to pitch in. So, here are some tips for making a deal with your boss, without alienating colleagues in the process.
MAKE REQUEST EARLY
If have a special request, seek approval as early as possible.
So, if you know that you'll be helping out with a school play, tell your employer early.
While interviewing for a position, tell the employer about your obligation after a job offer is extended, said Priscilla Claman, a Boston-based career consultant and the author of "Ask: How to Get What You Want and Need at Work."
At that time, employers are often willing to negotiate, which could give you a chance to slip in your request.
"It works extraordinarily well," she said. "It's an easy thing to do when they know they want you."
When approaching your boss, explain your dilemma and offer something in return.
So if you want to leave at a specific time, be willing to come in early or work late to make up for it.