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Job share for managers

The NSW Government supports job share because it has so many benefits. For employees, it unlocks access to quality part-time work and career opportunities, while their days off are genuine days off. For hiring managers, it creates a larger potential pool of talent, doubles your access to skills and knowledge, provides full coverage in a role and increases team productivity.

How job share can help you or your team

  • managing a transition to retirement
  • succession planning by pairing someone experienced with someone on the way up
  • attracting a younger workforce who may want a portfolio career to pursue entrepreneurial passions
  • providing quality, stimulating roles to people who need to work part-time for any reason, such as caring or community commitments, or managing ongoing health conditions
  • providing a solution for those hard-to-fill roles where you need the a multiskilled person, for example, the programmer who is also great at networking with clients.

For managers with teams who want to job share

Designed and managed properly, almost any role can be job shared. But how do you make it work? In consultation with experienced job sharers, we have developed a guide for managers on how to effectively recruit and manage job share pairs. Here is what’s in it.

  • Manager Guide – Factsheet 1 (Page 4), which explains the different job share models, their benefits and challenges.

  • Manager Guide – Factsheet 2 (Page 6), which explains why job share makes sense, from a diversity, productivity and flexibility perspective, for the business, the team and the individual.

  • Manager Guide – Factsheet 4 (Page 8), which explains the steps and options when an employee requests a job share and when it is unlikely to be successful.

  • Manager Guide – Factsheet 5 (Page 11), which explains how to use role analysis to determine the best job share model.

  • Manager Guide – Factsheet 8 (Page 21), which explains how to support job share partners plan their arrangement and handover process.

  • Manager Guide – Factsheets 9 & 10 (Page 22), which explain what to consider in a contract and workplan, potential challenges and how to use technology to enable job share.

    How to support job share partners plan their arrangement and handover process.

  • Manager Guide – Factsheet 11 (Page 31), which explains how to evaluate progress and performance plans for job sharers.

  • Manager Guide – Factsheet 12 (Page 32), which explains how to end a job share arrangement.

Answers to some common job share questions

We’ve also made some short trouble-shooting videos for common challenges.

How to decide if job share is a good idea?

How to support your staff to go to job share in their role?

How do I recruit for a job share role?

How do I interview job sharers?

How do I help a job share pair get set up for success?