Job sharers often have young children or older relatives who require care, but others may have an entrepreneurial goal, a hobby or just want more time for themselves.
Job sharing requires a bit of extra effort by all involved, but the benefits to job sharers, offices and to the work-life culture make it worth the investment.
The department based these conclusions on debriefing the job sharers and their supervisors, as well as evaluating the employees' work products.
Supervisors have indicated that it has worked well based on positive feedback from current job sharers and exit interviews with those who have left the program.
According to job sharers, keeping up with changes in laws and maintaining training standards represent the only challenges.
* Do not allow communications between job sharers
to break down and consider the possible, damage to continuity if one member of staff starts a job and then leaves it to another.
The literature also suggests that job sharing leadership roles can fail due to incompatibility of job sharers due to personality conflicts, split leadership, reduced accountability and inconsistencies in working may have a negative effect on a leadership role.
Another interesting finding of the study was the need for compatibility of the CNC's, as Cooper and Spencer (1997) also suggest that it may be useful for job sharers to self-identify to ensure compatibility.
North East Utilities offers full benefits to job sharers as long as they work more than 20 hours.
This may seem lengthy, but the job sharers wanted to thoroughly analyze the advantages and disadvantages, as well as contingency plans for the restructured position.