Shape The Right Job Share With These 12 Questions

Get the scoop on what a job share is and how to excel at it.

2 Working Moms working together as part of a job share
••• Before you commit to a job share figure out the answer to these 12 Q's. Getty Images/martinedoucet

You're heading back to work but aren't sure you want to work full time.  You love what you do but want to work part-time while your child is still young.  If you could work part-time, in your current role, you wouldn't lose out on experience and be able to spend time with your child.  So what are your options?

An answer to this dilemma is to participate in a job share.  

What is a job share?

A job share lets two employees split up a work week. They split job responsibilities and its pay of a full-time position by working part-time.  Another phrase for this is "work sharing" as in you are sharing the work load between two people.  

This way of work sprung up in the 70's and 80's.  It didn't become popular until the 2000's when Working Moms were looking for more flexibility in their jobs and quality of life became a priority for everyone. 

When you are thinking about signing up for a job share it's a good idea to look at all of your flexible work schedules like flexible hours (a compressed work week) and a part-time job.

For hourly workers, what a job share offers is a part-time work week. For salaried employees, what a job share offers is the opportunity to pursue a high-pressure career without sacrificing your life to the company.

Job sharing holds the most promise for work-life balance in demanding fields such as law, medicine, scientific research and the upper ranks of corporate America.

Why job share type jobs work

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Get these 12 Job Share Questions Answered

When considering a job share, here are some important questions to answer:

  • What will the schedule be like?
  • How will sick, vacation and maternity leave be handled?
  • What benefits will each employee receive and how do they compare to full time?
  • How will after-hours work emergencies be handled?
  • Is there a plan for promotion and advancement for each member of the job-share team?
  • What happens if one job-share partner wants to end the arrangement?
  • How will responsibilities be handed off to the other person?
  • How will the performance and success of this arrangement be measured?
  • How will the rest of the organization view this arrangement?
  • Will there be an email alias co-workers/clients can use so that both parties are addressed on questions?
  • How can we create an awesome transition procedure so that the employee coming on feels informed and the persona leaving feels like they've share all updates?
  • what are the rules (if any) about being contacted during "off hours"?  And if this needs to happen, what tools could be used to make the off hour interruptions the least disruptive (using an app, checking email, or direct calling, etc).

Want more information?

If you want more information check out how to succeed at job sharing, read about the benefits of a job share to the employer and understand the downside of job sharing.

Edited by Elizabeth McGrory