Job sharing is about delivering more for the business - keeping talent in, engaged and motivated and building a career that works for life as well
Often, there comes a point in life when a different work-life balance becomes a priority. You may be a parent, nearing retirement, recovering from an illness, caring for a relative or friend or wanting to pursue further education or other activities. Whatever your individual situation, trying to achieve a work-life balance doesn't need to negatively impact the career you are focussed on pursuing. Job sharing could be the best solution.
Job sharing offers the opportunity to progress your career while making more time for life outside of work.
Aside from helping you to live a happy, healthy and balanced lifestyle, working together professionally in a shared role also has a number of other benefits for employees as well as the companies who embrace it.
However, like any decision, there are both upsides and downsides. So based on evidence gathered from around the globe, we have listed the benefits and challenges of job sharing.
- The ability to work part-time in a position that requires fulltime coverage
- Ability to progress your career
- Job satisfaction and continuity
- Ability to switch off and hand over accountability
- Opportunities to learn from the job-sharing partner
- Mutual support and encouragement on the job
- Often increases the breadth of skills and experience of both job-sharing partners
- Reduced financial benefits; pro-rated salary and benefits
- Not for everyone
- Flexibility and long hours
- Need to push harder to overcome perceptions of your overall performance
- Dividing the work equitably
- Acknowledging and accommodating different styles of work
- Attracting, retaining and progressing talent
- Reduced absenteeism and greater continuity (may provide cover for one another for holidays, sickness, leave, peak period cover or when two projects require simultaneous attention)
- Two heads and wider range of skills and experience
- Often increases productivity (various studies have shown up to a 30% improvement)
- Committed employees and improved morale
- (Potentially) additional salary and benefits
- Added effort to supervise job-sharers as individuals and as a team
- Additional systems for communication with supervisor/manager(s), co-workers and clients.
- Additional training and development
- Difficulty in reversing the arrangement
- Additional space required if overlap days are chosen
- Making sure each works the agreed length of time
- Replacing a partner who leaves