You probably have questions.
Because job sharing hasn’t been widely adopted in America, most people have questions.
What is it? How does it work? What are the benefits?
We’re here to answer those questions and more. We’ve answered the most frequently asked questions below. If they don’t answer your specific questions, all you have to do is ask. Connect with us, and we’ll have an answer for you as quickly as possible.
What is job sharing?
The simplest explanation: job sharing is a flexible work arrangement that allows two employees to share the responsibilities of one full-time position at a company. Sometimes, those two employees have the same skillset and do the same kind of work. Other times, the two employees have complementary skillsets and are able to perform a role that would be difficult to fill with a single employee who has all of the desired skills.
Could job sharing make my life better?
Job sharing isn’t ideal for everyone, but many people find job sharing allows them to balance their work with other responsibilities or pursuits. Consider job sharing if you’re:
Providing care for young children or older adults in your family
Transitioning into the workforce after a gap in your career path
Transitioning out of the workforce for your retirement
Returning to school to earn an advanced degree
Entering the workforce without a degree and want to showcase your potential to a full-time employer while learning their industry
Working to open your own business but still need the security of a paycheck and benefits.
What are the benefits of job sharing for employers?
Job sharing is definitely advantageous for employees who can’t devote the typical 40 hours a week to their job. What does it offer the companies where they work, though? Quite a lot:
Qualified, matched talent pairs to fulfill open positions
Coaching for you and your staff on successfully implementing a job share program
Complete support for your new program, including policy templates, partnership agreements and management guidelines
Resources, tools and ongoing support
How does a job sharing team split their time?
There’s no set formula for how hours are split between a job share pair. The primary concern of most employers is that projects are completed and roles are fulfilled. Sometimes, that’s an even 50/50 split. In other scenarios, one member of the job sharing team works more than another, and the individuals are paid proportionately. Some job sharers rarely see each other on the job, while others have a few hours that overlap. Others work together on projects to improve the results by applying their individual, complementary expertise.
When you work with Job Share Connect, we’ll make recommendations on the best way to have talent split their time to produce the best results for their job responsibilities.
If two people share one full-time position, how are employee benefits provided?
Health insurance and other employment benefits are top-of-mind for employers and employees alike. With job share partners, there are several variables that come into consideration. First is the size of the company and its internal policies. Those usually determine if benefits are available to employees and what types of benefits are offered.
For companies that offer benefits, the number of hours worked per week — usually between 30 and 40 — often determines whether full-time benefits are available. For job share partners, benefits are typically pro-rated based on several factors:
If neither partner needs benefits, salary may be negotiated or pro-rated
If one of the partners needs benefits and the other doesn’t, one person receives the benefits and the other person’s salary is adjusted accordingly
If both job share partners need medical benefits, salary or other benefits are often negotiated
Job Share Connect works with third party benefit experts to consult for our employer clients on implementing benefits for job sharing pairs, including health insurance, retirement contributions and disability insurance.
Is there a cost to get matched with a job share partner?
To build strong job share matches between the talent and the companies, we take candidates through a dual assessment process. The first assessment reveals the likelihood of success as a job share match. The second looks at skills, behaviors, and interests that would increase success at the job.
To make sure candidates are clear on their results, a 30-minute feeback and coaching session is provided with co-founder Jina Picarella, PhD. Coming out of the coaching session, you'll have an individualized full report on personal strengths and what a good match for you would look like.
We then set you up with your potential match(es) for a chemistry check to ensure that the in-person experience is as good it is on paper.
There is a one-time fee to go through this process. The good news is, once we have your profile built, we can use it for other jobs in the future if the position you are applying for isn't the right fit. In addition, once you are placed, the fee will be refunded.
We know this is a pretty in-depth process, but we want to make sure this is a successful partnership for everyone involved.
What happens during my coaching session?
During the coaching session, co-founder Jina Picarella, PhD. will go over the results of your assessment and provide feedback on your thinking ability, behavior traits (personality), and interests. You will be provided with information on your strengths and innate skills as well as development areas to be aware of and work on.
As an individual, you are provided with information for professional and personal development for increased performance and effectiveness. If you are thinking about a career change, information on your interests can help guide you to other potential career paths.
For job sharing, the assessments are used to match partners to ensure compatibility with each other and the job they are looking to fill. It also provides information on how to best work together.