Job sharing: A partnership between two people to share the responsibilities of one full-time position.
My background includes 5 years as co-founder of a film company and 14 as a marketing & sales professional in the radio industry including 8 years of practical hands-on experience job sharing. After my time in the film industry, I returned to radio as my husband and I began planning for a family, knowing the field offered the opportunity to job share. After returning from maternity leave, my manager who’d worked with top-performing job sharers proposed the work practice. My daughter was 6 months old at the time, and working 5 days a week with the demands of motherhood and career left me feeling depleted and unable to be my best at either. Job sharing was a life-changer; it gave me the best of both worlds.
What I Learned
In nearly a decade of job sharing, I experienced the benefits firsthand. Every job share team I met were the highest achieving employees in their organizations. The only thing that mystified me was why more industries didn’t offer the innovative work practice.
I found that where job sharing exists, there is little education or support for job sharers, managers, or human resources, and the challenges I experienced were the direct result of a lack of company-wide know-how.
I had seen my company and career thrive through job sharing and became passionate about sharing this little-known flexible work practice to improve the lives of others.
Research Supports Job Sharing
I threw myself into a year-long research dive to develop an effective game plan to work with businesses and individuals to make job sharing a reality for the masses, not just the few.
The aha moment was immediate; the research corroborated what I intuitively knew from my firsthand experience: job sharers are more productive, loyal, and happier than their counterparts and their managers, clients, and co-workers experience very positive results working with them.
The bigger aha: job share partners were doing it all alone through trial and error, on a boat with no oars and little to no support but they were still kicking ass.
Why i’m bringing Job Share Workshops To You
It didn’t take long for me to realize that making the change company by company wasn’t enough. Many of my friends – hell, most of my friends were struggling big-time, about to throw in the towel completely on 15+ year careers – non-profit leaders, corporate managers, and dedicated professionals. I knew I had to create a way for people to take charge of their careers and empower themselves to work this way, job sharing to get the work-life balance they need.
The business case is extremely strong – it’s a clear WIN-WIN. You are able to work half the week with a capable partner who takes the reigns so you can fully unplug and be present in your life, and the employer has the 24-7 work they need.
Join me May 10th and learn more about job sharing. And, if you are ready now to take the reigns to separate and prioritize your career & life for work-life balance, join me Tuesdays, May 17th-31st to create your own job share arrangement. Really. Details and tickets available here. Questions? Email us.
Melissa Nicholson is the Founder & CEO of Work Muse, a job share solutions firm. Job sharing is a partnership between two people to share the responsibilities of one full-time position. Work Muse drives adoption of job sharing in business as a source of competitive advantage while helping individuals find work-life balance. Join the #JobshareRevolution here –– events, resources, and relevant content to empower you in work and life! For more info, email@example.com.