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Part-Time versus Job Share

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As we navigate these unchartered recruitment territories, my clients approach me with many out-of-
the-box ideas. I think by now, we’ve tried every recruiting tactic short of skywriting. Scheduled for next
week, I’ll let you know how it goes.
One idea that is re-surfacing is job sharing. I like it. However, I also realize many don’t understand it as
we dig into the details. Job sharing often gets treated like a part-time job, and that’s where things go
awry.
In a nutshell, job sharing is one full-time job done by two or more people.
Job sharing takes two or more committed people to make it work. They must be focused on the same
goals and willing to share in their success. Meaning they can’t get too wrapped up in their ego. Success
in the role will depend entirely on these people doing their job well as one unit.
Often job sharing works well when existing employees come forward themselves. They already know
the job, situation, and each other. It’s harder to search externally for compatible people who fit these
specific criteria.
When deciding whether job sharing is a good option for your organization, here are some things to
consider:


– Generally, it’s best not to have job sharers supervise anyone – it can be a setup for triangulation. If
an employee doesn’t like the answer from one “supervisor,” they can ask the other – not a great
formula for success.


– Be clear about space. Will they share space or have their own? Often job sharing is an excellent way
to save office space, so sharing space is part of the deal. Be clear about boundaries on personal
items, so one doesn’t feel overwhelmed by the other’s “things.”


– Be clear in the beginning how you will address any issues if the situation doesn’t work out with one
of the participants in the job-sharing program. This situation can be highly uncomfortable and unfair
to the person(s) you aren’t having issues with, so think about options before you need them.


– Remember, job sharing does not need to be a 50/50 split. You can make any arrangement you need
based on the circumstances.


Keep up your creative thinking to get the best candidates possible, and don’t be afraid to try something
new. In this environment, thinking “out-of-the-box” is necessary, just be proactive and thoughtful about
it!

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