So, what exactly is job sharing? If the term is new to you, then you should know that job sharing describes a work arrangement where most of the times two people work on a part-time basis to fill a position that would normally require one worker being on the job full-time. It is a work arrangement that has become so popular nowadays that both employers and their employees seem to prefer it.
For one, employers can reduce their costs. Moreover, workers get to work less than eight hours a day, which gives them much more free time to do what they want.
If you’re considering job sharing, then you better learn more about it. Here are four things you need to consider before going into it.
1. You'll Enjoy a Better Work-Life Balance
One of the perks about sharing a job with another employee is that you get to enjoy a better work-life balance as opposed to working full-time. This way, you get to fit other life responsibilities in your not-so-demanding work schedule and spend more time with, and taking care of, your family. This is good considering that you’ll get to have greater control over your personal life while it won’t be determined by your job. In fact, job sharing seems to have been introduced in the past as an alternative work arrangement for women who wanted to create a balance between full-time housework and full-time employment.
2. You'll Be More Productive at Work
What’s the point of being in a job where you aren’t happy and productive, right? While Gallup research proves that the majority of full-time workers continue to show low engagement in their work, the complete opposite occurs when it comes to job sharing.
On HR Daily Advisor, meanwhile, Stephen Bruce confirms that job sharing can improve productivity, morale, and engagement, and it can also benefit employers in terms of production. This happens as you and your work partner split the job into five to six-hour shifts, which is far much easier and more doable than working eight long hours per day. This also suggests that you’re more likely to enjoy your work and be happy in it.
3. You'll Need to Be Flexible
When you job share, you’ll be required to be fully involved in the job even if you’re not working full-time. Strictly speaking, you’ll need to show at least 50 percent of commitment to the job and let the other worker do the rest. So, instead of working 40 hours per week, you’ll only be working 20. While this sounds like an easy and fun arrangement, this isn’t always the case and that’s because it can be demanding in other ways.
Job sharing will need you to be flexible enough as to be able to come in to work whenever you’re needed – which is whenever your partner can’t work. This means that you won’t have a regular work schedule and you’ll have to communicate with the other person regularly to check when you’re needed and to avoid confusion.
4. You May Get Paid Less
Since you’ll be working part-time, you’ll be earning much less than your full-time colleagues. In fact, in certain industries, you may also be paid less than you deserve or would have normally earned in another job. This kind of arrangement is cost-efficient for the employer who hires these two people as their income is usually less than what a full-time worker would get. While this is probably the biggest downside to job sharing, it may not be much of a big deal for some people, provided that they can make a living out of a smaller income. So, if you can pull this off, job sharing might be the ideal work arrangement for you.
Just like any other employment arrangement, job sharing definitely has its perks and also its disadvantages. Do you think you could pull it off? Let me know in the comments section below!