Is Job-Sharing Right for My Business?

November 18, 2020 | 407 views

Is Job-Sharing Right for My Business?
Is Job-Sharing Right for My Business?

Job-sharing is a form of employment and schedule that allows two employees to blend their talents, skills, and schedule to fulfill the role of a single full-time employee. This can be designed in many ways. You could assign each person to half of each day, or one person could work three full days a week while the other works two full days. Some job-sharing arrangements schedule overlapping hours each week to keep transitions smooth and communication solid. Deciding how to schedule two part-time employees for a single full-time role will depend on your business needs and the reasons for considering this less-common employment arrangement.

Sometimes, it makes good sense to have two people fill a single position. For example, maybe you need to cut hours and give part-time work to two people rather than terminate anyone. Perhaps you have a great employee who needs to cut back hours, but you need full-time coverage. Or you have someone who is considering retirement but would still like to share ideas and talent with a less rigorous a time commitment.

As an employer, it is daunting to consider a job-share structure for your business. It means aligning responsibilities differently and matching the right people for the position you need to cover. It will be an adjustment, but job-sharing is a viable option that can be beneficial for many reasons:

  1. You retain top talent. By allowing exceptional employee to work fewer hours, you retain their skills. Plus, they’ll be around to train their job-partner. Soon, you will have a second employee who is as knowledgeable and valuable as the first.
  2. Employees are happier. The flexibility of job-sharing creates a better balance for employees who want this type of arrangement. Your willingness also increases their loyalty because it is difficult to find positions that can accommodate personal schedules.
  3. Coverage is easier for you. If one job-partner schedules a vacation, the other person can cover for them. You never completely lose a position due to scheduled time-off.
  4. Communication improves. When two people work as a team, they develop clear methods to facilitate their responsibilities. It improves their value and productivity for your business.
  5. Efficiency increases. With two people on the job, each job-partner can perform at maximum capacity. Less burnout and more focused time create better results.
  6. Errors are reduced. With two sets of eyes, mistakes are more quickly found and corrected. Both people are responsible for their combined results, so there is a vested interest in making improvements.
  7. Creativity blossoms. If two heads are better than one, job-sharing proves it. More ideas and problem solving come from two different viewpoints.
  8. It can be cheaper. This claim may seem counterintuitive, but if you live where medical benefits are required by law for full-time employees, you can save a lot of money if you have part-time employees instead.

No matter the reason for considering job-sharing for your organization, the benefits are considerable. With the right pair of employees and a willingness on your part to develop a workable system, job-sharing may be right for you and your business.

Author Profile Jon Forknell is the Vice President and General Manager of Atlas Business Solutions, Inc., a software marketing company specializing in employee scheduling software, including ScheduleBase employee scheduling software, and other business software solutions. In the past, Jon has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. For many years, Atlas Business Solutions has been named one of Software Magazine’s Top 500 Software Companies.

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