Job Sharing: Two Heads Are Better than One by Mary O'Hanlon, Angela Morella

By Mary O'Hanlon, Angela Morella

This advisor to overcoming the stumbling blocks and problems with task sharing covers every little thing from own merits to the industrial merits of such an association for the agency. integrated are anecdotal tales approximately the way to effectively allot time and tasks whereas sharing a role, how to define a appropriate job-sharing associate, and the way to deal with the day by day demanding situations of dispensing initiatives. assistance for growing proposals designed to introduce coworkers to some great benefits of job-sharing also are supplied.

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For example, not being available for meetings on the days you don’t normally work. It is important to create back-up strategies to ensure your availability does not impede the normal workings of the organisation. We found that in supportive organisations this usually works both ways. When you demonstrate you are prepared to be flexible then the organisation is also more mindful and considerate of your working needs. Here are some practical tips on how to enhance your flexibility. • Rescheduling care arrangements for children or other dependents including shortterm and alternative care, and alternative transport arrangements should you be delayed or need to go into the office unexpectedly.

For instance, it was the only time we could get a certain group of implementing job sharing 39 MIH-JobSharing Text pages 9/5/03 10:30 AM Page 40 people together or one of us had a context or history with a project that simply could not be transferred to the other. On these occasions we simply re-scheduled our time and came in. Provided this did not happen on a regular basis we felt the benefits far outweighed the disadvantages. A drop in income is involved It is all very well to talk about working flexibly, but if the reality means a reduction in income, it is important this is sorted out early in the journey.

You do not have to do it this way. In the pages ahead we ask you to consider the best type of job share for you and your organisation — hopefully before you start in job sharing. This will allow you to ‘hit the ground running’ and not have to manage sorting out the mechanics of job sharing while learning a brand new job, for at least one of you. In this next section we discuss the professional and personal attributes we consider useful in a successful job share. ■ POSITIONING YOURSELF IN THE ORGANISATION Having a good knowledge of your organisation’s psyche allows you to maximise your positioning within the organisation.

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