So you’re a manager making the transition to job share. Now what?

  • Help to retain talented and experienced employees who might otherwise leave to pursue other commitments.
  • Attract a new category of talent - employees who might not have considered the organisation otherwise due to inflexible working arrangements.
  • Enable the organisation to be more productive by utilising the skills and knowledge of two or more employees.
  • Increase job satisfaction and motivation levels among employees, as they feel supported in achieving a good work/life balance.
  • Reduce training and induction
  • Improve morale and motivation among the workforce.
  • Increase productivity by giving employees the chance to have a better work/life balance.
  • Give employees the opportunity to work flexibly and still maintain a good work/life balance.
  • Enable employees to pursue other commitments, such as parenting or caring responsibilities.
  • Develop skills and knowledge by working with another employee
  • Provide more flexibility and control over working hours.
  • Reduce stress levels associated with juggling work and personal commitments.
  • Define the roles and responsibilities of each employee clearly from the outset.
  • Make sure that communication is frequent and clear between employees, their managers and other colleagues.
  • Encourage employees to develop a good working relationship with each other, so that they can effectively support and collaborate with each other.
  • Manage performance as you would for any other employee, by setting clear goals and expectations and providing feedback on a regular basis.
  • Be flexible in your approach, as job share arrangements can sometimes require adjustments to be made along the way.
  • Make sure that you have a good understanding of what the job entails and what your responsibilities would be.
  • Discuss your plans with your manager or supervisor to get their feedback and input.
  • Have a frank discussion with your potential job share partner about your expectations, how you would like to divide the work between you, and how you would communicate and collaborate with each other.
  • Make sure that you are clear on the organisation's policies and procedures around job sharing, such as how leave or other benefits would be pro-rated.
  • Communication is key: Clear and regular communication between both employees and employers is essential for job sharing arrangements to be successful.
  • Time management: Job sharers need to be organised and efficient in their work in order to make the most of the time they have available.
  • Setting boundaries: It is important for job sharers to set clear boundaries between their work life and personal life in order to avoid burnout.
  • Job sharing can be beneficial for both employers and employees, providing increased flexibility and the opportunity to maintain a good work/life balance.
  • It is important to manage job share arrangements effectively, by communicating clearly and setting clear goals and expectations.
  • Employees need to be organised and efficient.
  • Find potential partner on and discuss your plans with them.
  • Open your full-time jobs to a new category of talent on



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Sophie Smallwood

Sophie Smallwood

Making work work. On a mission to enable a diverse and sustainable workforce. Co-founder of Roleshare | ex FB + eBay. Once a globe trotter turned mompreneur.