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Myth Buster: Job Share partners do not have to know each other or have worked together before in order to be successful


Myth Buster: Job Share partners do not have to know each other or have worked together before in order to be successful

The Job Share Research (2011) dispelled a common myth that job sharers needed to know each other before becoming job share partners.  Our findings how that 54% knew their partner beforehand and 46% did not, clearly demonstrating that the job shares can be successful even if the partners have not worked together before

Most job shares came about as a result of networking within the employee’s existing organisation, identifying a potential partner and putting in a successful joint application. Ultimately, this depended on being able to clearly present the business benefits of the job share and helping allay concerns about how it would work.

In a very few instances, people had moved into a new role to fill a vacant part of an existing job share or had been recruited from outside because of their skills.

“We had worked together previously as colleagues. We saw a job advertised and applied for it. We submitted a single CV – which included both our careers to date. We put in a joint statement saying how each of us separately met the person specification, a statement of what we thought the job share would bring in terms of added value and a statement about how we would see the logistics working.”

Job sharing shouldn’t be discounted by individuals wanting to reduce their hours because they do not know a potential compatible partner within their organisation.


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