For many workers, job shares are
the Holy Grail of employment. Part-time days, full-time confidence that the
bête noire of part-time employees-work encroaching at home-will be kept at bay
by job share partners. For working parents, job shares are particularly
desirable, providing the chance to maintain a paycheck and career while
enjoying more time at home than a typical job allows.
Job shares may hold great appeal, but in our they are
hard to come by and in Recession-crunched economy getting harder still. According
to the Wall Street Journal,only 13 percent of employers offer job shares, down from 20 percent in 2007.
If you're lucky enough to have a job share, or are
hoping to persuade a boss that one makes sense, read on for tips for making a
job share work.
the right partner. Before committing to a job share be sure
that your work styles and work ethic are in sync. Neither partner wants to get
stuck with a partner unwilling to pull their weight. Take time to assess your
is key. Job share partners must be excellent communicators.
Consider a nightly check-in to debrief each other so that partners can hit the
ground running in the a.m.
overlap. Design your work week to ensure that you and your
partner share one day of office overlap. Schedule important meetings on your
shared day and use the day to fine-tune synergies.
your case. Show your manager (and your other colleagues) that
your collaboration allows the company to retain two excellent employees, who
can in fact, perform the job better than one individual.
For more information on job sharing, as well as
profiles of job share partners and how they make it work, read The Sustainable Side of Job Sharing.
Do you have share a job? How do you and
your partner make job sharing work? What are some pitfalls to avoid? Share your
thoughts here and at the Pendaflex Facebook page.
by Bradley Eggers
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