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Job Sharing

The practice in which two or more persons work part-time in the same position that ordinarily one full-time person would fill. Job sharing may reduce employer costs as a company may not provide benefits to part-time employees. Likewise, it can be beneficial for employees with unusual scheduling needs. For example, parents of young children or persons active in religious communities may share jobs. However, it can be difficult, as lack of communication between the job sharers can cause problems for the company and reduce efficiency.

job sharing

the carrying out by two or more individuals between them of the duties of a particular JOB, each being paid pro rata according to the number of hours worked. For instance, two people might share a 40 hours per week job with each working 20 hours and each paid half the wage or salary attached to the post. The advantage to job sharers is that both may work part-time in jobs that are more highly paid than is usual for most PART-TIME jobs. It is more common for potential sharers to approach employers with a job-share package than for employers to initiate this form of working themselves. Employers are generally wary of job sharing because it can increase employment costs (for example INSURANCE payments), because the division of duties and responsibilities may be difficult to specify, and because the competencies of job sharers may be perceived as unbalanced.
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Job sharing is a form of part-time employment in which one position is filled by two part-time employees.
Graham and Gibbs (1998) argued over a decade ago that job sharing allowed flexible hours which boosted nursing staff retention and allowed flexibility within the workplace.
Once you've identified someone, the two of you can present a realistic, workable, persuasive job sharing proposal, which details how the job will get done under the job sharing arrangement.
Research has indicated that job sharing can improve productivity and offer numerous benefits for both the employer and employee.
The survey of 1911 employers reveals that 80 percent of companies offering job sharing see a direct and positive impact on the attraction and retention of staff.
Until then Terri and I will be job sharing - sharing some responsibilities with my really focusing on ways of working with the board and working with some other issues.
com, an online resource that helps professionals arrange flexible work schedules, says that although the arrangements vary, the outcome is the same: Job sharing provides the flexibility to enjoy life.
She said: "It is much more common for job sharing to be a female arrangement and there are significant advantages for people who want a better work- life balance.
Variable start and ending times in the office, job sharing, part-time positions and hospital coverage (perhaps with hospitalists) to accommodate such changes can lure physicians juggling two careers in a family.
Large businesses are starting to realise the importance of committing to a work-life balance and offering working patterns such as flexi-time, job sharing and shift swapping.
The government's labor ministry, the Japan Federation of Employers Associations (Nikkeiren) and the Japan Trade Union Confederation (Rengo) are examining the feasibility of the job sharing plans.