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10 things to include in your job share business case

Job share proposals are much more likely to be accepted by managers when you present clear business benefits, explain the logistics of how it would work and address any practical concerns. Based on our research, here are 10 things you should include.


JOB SHARE PROPOSALS WERE ACCEPTED BY MANAGERS WHEN THERE WAS A CLEAR BUSINESS CASE

Our research showed that job share proposals were accepted by managers when the individual(s) clearly presented the business benefits, explained the logistics of how it would work and addressed any practical concerns of the people doing the role.

“The secret was having a robust business case. We were able to show what other benchmarking organisations were doing. We identified the considerations – accountability, how to manage and divide up clients, efficiencies and communications strategies. We gave options for how to implement it. All this laid any concerns to rest as we showed we’d really thought how we were going to do it and what our operating principles and practices were.”

Here are the top 10 tips for presenting a business case:

1. Demonstrate consideration and understanding of the role and its suitability for job sharing

2. Explain the logistics of how it will work and address any practical concerns of two people doing the role

3. Explain how internal/external clients and team(s) will be divided/managed and communicated to

4. Explain how handover and communications will work (between partners)

5. Explain how deadlines will be met and burning issues addressed

6. Identify any areas that may be perceived to be negatively impacted by the arrangement and propose a solution

7. Propose ideas on how to source a potential partner (if not presenting with partner) or demonstrate compatibility of partnership (if presenting together)

8. Suggest a pilot if met with resistance

9. Identify efficiencies and added value with new way of working

10. Where possible, find examples of where it has been done before in similar roles (internally or externally).

“It is about the job share people doing their homework up front and investing time in preparing their case, anticipating all the objections and countering them with a proposal that is well researched and that is fairly seamless and joined up as a duo. There also needs to be an air of flexibility and willingness to be in touch when needed.”


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