Sometimes by initiating the dialogue, you can bring about positive change and opportunity for everyone. Many departments or teams partner to approach their managers as a group, so everyone wins. Other times, two people coordinate efforts. If you know that there is someone else or even several other people who would enjoy a flexible work arrangement, consider broaching this issue with them casually to get a sense of their interests.
You must decide that there's safety and leverage in numbers if you join together to approach your boss with a workable plan. Or, after such conversations, you might discover that your interests are different from theirs, and you're better off going it alone. They shouldn't be surprised that you're doing what's best for you, while also keeping the business needs top of mind.
Tory Johnson is the workplace contributor on "Good Morning America" and the CEO of Women for Hire. To connect directly with Johnson, visit www.womenforhire.com.