Do you have an employee so valuable, that if they call in sick, you feel like your entire office will collapse without them?
Often, managers place too much responsibility on one person, and if that worker is not able to come into the office, or worse yet, quit, the entire department can’t seem to get anything done.
This happens in many offices, where one person is trained in something, and no one else is, causing issues when that key player is not available.
This can easily be solved by job sharing, which allows two or more part-time employee to share the hours and responsibilities of one position.
Job sharing can work in various ways; for example, one person can work Monday and Thursday, while another works Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
Or, the first employee works 8am-12pm daily; while the other picks up the hours between 1-5pm.
Alternatively, workers can share weeks or even seasons, alternating on a pre-decided schedule.
Job sharing can offer many benefits to employers, such as:
Retaining Key Employees
Due to personal demands or other reasons, some employees cannot work full-time.
For example, if a valuable worker just had a baby, she may not want to spend the majority of her day in the office.
Typically, an employer would have to allow the worker to quit in this scenario; however, offering a job share can be a great compromise in this case, allowing the employee to earn an income while retaining more free time during the week.
Not Putting All Eggs in One Basket
As mentioned in the introduction to this article, having one full-time employee often leaves bosses in a lurch when that person calls in sick, goes on holiday or switches jobs.
This is why it can be advantageous to have two or more workers who share a job, and can be trained in the same skill set.
Then, if one is not available, the other(s) can step in.
Getting Different Skill Sets
Each and every person has their unique strengths and weaknesses, and their own skill sets.
For example, employing one worker who has decades of experience can make you feel certain that the work is getting accomplished in a set and traditional way.
However, adding a younger employee into the mix can add a fresher and more current view, and the latest skills currently being taught in university.
Job sharing provides employment to multiple people at once, helping the economy; it also provides multiple benefits to the employer.
Head of Training and Development
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Mark Williams is a learning and development professional, using business psychology and multiple intelligences to create fascinating and quickly-identifiable learning initiatives in the real-world business setting. Mark’s role at MTD is to ensure that our training is leading edge, and works closely with our trainers to develop the best learning experiences for all people on learning programmes. Mark designs and delivers training programmes for businesses both small and large and strives to ensure that MTD’s clients are receiving the very best training, support and services that will really make a difference to their business.