According to CNN and CareerBuilder.com, one of the major Job Trends for 2008 is More Flexible Work Arrangements. According to the CNN article, “Sixty percent of employers report they currently offer flexible schedules to employees and 39 percent plan to provide more flexible work arrangements in 2008.” One of the most popular flexible work arrangements is job-sharing, which is essentially the splitting of one full-time job between two people.
Where Great Workplaces Start recently sat down with Kelly Keefe, Manager of Training & Events at ERC to talk about job-sharing. Kelly discusses her situation at ERC, the benefits of job-sharing, and provides excellent advice for employees or employers considering job-sharing. (Click here to listen)
“What is job-sharing?”
Kelly: “In a nutshell, it’s taking one job and dividing it into two, and allowing two people to fulfill the duties of one job. In our job sharing in my role, I work two days and my counterpart works three days.”
“What are some of the difficulties?”
Kelly: “If you don’t really think through ahead of time how the job is going to be divided there could be some overlap, which could possibly lead to some communication problems.”
“Do you have any advice for people that are considering job-sharing?”
Kelly: “The first step would be to evaluate the current position, and really think through whether that position could be divided, and would it still be a successful position with two people. The second step would be to go to your HR department and see if they would consider it. Make sure that you have all your questions answered that management might be interested to know.”