What Job Sharing Means to Families of All Kinds and the Differently Abled

We’re thrilled to share a collaboration published on National Flex Day with Work Muse partner 1 Million for Work Flexibility!

Did you know October is National Work and Family Month and National Disability Awareness Month?

Job sharing can support families of all kinds and persons who are differently abled in more than one way, while they excel in their careers.


National Disability Awareness Month

This month we raise awareness about employment issues for people who are differently abled. It’s a time to celebrate the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.

After I penned this article about my working mom friends that went Linked In viral, I received emails from moms…

So. Many. Moms.

But not ONLY working moms, moms of the differently abled.

They made the instant connection that job sharing could be their game changer—giving their daughters and sons the time they need to care for their health, the chance to excel in their careers with a supportive partner, and the benefits to access healthcare to be strong and well.

My Uncle Phil who was an integral part of my family growing up was born with Down Syndrome. My mom became his primary guardian at the tender age of eighteen, and I was raised down the road from an entire community of the differently abled. He and his inspiring friends taught me so much and gave me a rich appreciation of those with differences.

When I heard from these mothers, I couldn’t believe I’d overlooked how incredible job sharing could be for this community who has so much to contribute to our society. Diversity and inclusion doe not only mean the diversity of gender, gender identity, ethnicity, or religion. It also means the differently abled.

National Work and Family Month

Businesses promote healthier, more flexible work practices during National Work and Family Month. Share this with your HR department if they don’t highlight work-life effectiveness programs that benefit employees during the month of October.

There are many different types of families. Healthy work environments include flexible work practices allow them to thrive in their careers while caring for others.

Job share business owners agree, “We’re able to work in the office part-time, be home with our kids part-time, and run a successful and growing group practice as co-directors…”

Read the full article via 1 Million for Work Flexibility

1 Million for Work Flexibility is the first national initiative creating a collective voice in support of work flexibility. Would you like to learn more? You can be part of the movement by joining 1MFWF!

Work flexibility is important to all of us.  It improves our productivity, health, and happiness. It’s easy to support work practices that benefit our families, communities, and economy.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about how job sharing gives every employee a better work-life balance, especially parents and the differently abled in the comments below.


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, hello@workmuse.com.

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