by Janet Attard
you finding it increasingly difficult to find enough qualified workers to
fill jobs? If so, one possible solution is job sharing (hiring two
part-timers to fill one, full-time job.)
sharing can be a perfect arrangement for business and worker alike. The
business benefits by filling a position with a skilled worker and gaining
employee loyalty. In addition, the business winds up with two people who
know how the work is done. Thus if one is sick or suddenly leaves, the
second one can take up the slack and/or train a replacement. The part-time
workers benefit by being able to spend more time with their families (or
on other activities) without having to leave their chosen profession.
be successful, job sharing must match up people who work well together.
For best results, have the individuals who will share a job, work together
for a period of time so they each know the others strengths and
weaknesses. These tips will also help:
up a system for the workers to leave notes for each other detailing work
done, work in progress, and problems that may have arisen during their
one day or half-day where both members of the team are both in the office
at the same time.
up procedures for calling or sending email to the non-working job partner
if there is an emergency. Be sure the procedures define what constitutes
an emergency so calls aren't made needlessly.
About the author
Janet Attard is the owner of Attard Communications, Inc., which provides
editorial content, online community and web development services. She is the founder of
the award-winning Business
Know-How small business web site and information resource. Janet is
also the author of The
Home Office And Small Business Answer Book and of Business
Know-How: An Operational Guide For Home-Based and Micro-Sized Businesses with
Limited Budgets. She can be
reached at (631) 467-6826 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.