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Job Share

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Employees Sharing a Job


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A job share occurs when two employees cooperatively share the same job. There are advantages, disadvantages, challenges, and opportunities when employees job share. As an employer, a job share can benefit both the employee and you. Here are the advantages and disadvantages to a job share.

Job Share Advantages for the Employer

  • You keep two valued employees who might otherwise quit to pursue family balance issues.

  • You gain two brains, two sets of enthusiasm and creativity, and two employees committed to your success.

  • Employees who are comfortably balancing life responsibilities experience less stress and more work satisfaction. This pays you back in increased motivation, positive customer service and effective coworker relationships.

  • Successful job share partners are accountable to each other. This increases their accountability for accomplishments to the employer. They must plan, set goals, communicate effectively, measure accomplishments, and share the glory for successes – comfortably.

  • Coverage for ill children and other family matters is easier when the job share partner is available to fill in. Job share partners also provide coverage for each other for scheduled vacations.

Job Share Disadvantages for the Employer

  • You are dealing with two employees in a job share. If the employees are not compatible, fail to share a work style, keep coworkers and customers uninformed and uncomfortable with two approaches, you are ultimately responsible to deal with the job share partners.

  • You may be asked to pay for a cross-over day, which increases your employment costs, but ensures another level of success for a job share.

  • Your cost of benefits may rise if you decide to provide each job share partner with full benefits.

All in all, a job share can successfully serve the employees, employer and customers.

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