There are several advantages to job sharing, but some are particular to late-career professionals.
As a 50+ professional, you’re in a mature phase of your career. Like many of your peers, you want or need to continue to work, yet you’re interested in a more flexible way to work.
But your demanding level of job responsibilities could lead you to think it’s crazy to propose a shortened workweek of say, three days a week. Unless…
Unless you propose a job sharing arrangement. Job sharing is a form of part-time work where two people share the responsibilities of one full-time position.
5 Advantages of Job Sharing for People Over 50
Job sharing offers several pluses as part of a pre-retirement lifestyle.
You can work fewer than 4 days a week — For many high-responsibility jobs, working a shorter workweek would otherwise be impractical or impossible. With job sharing, it’s doable. And it’s desirable; working two or three days is enough for meaningful engagement at the job, plus partial income, plus lots of free time each week. Having a job partner makes it all possible. (Here are several job sharing scheduling options.)
Career momentum maintained —Though you work part time, your job position remains at full-tilt, full-time. This dispels concerns that your position is at risk of being marginalized if you go strictly part time, i.e., without a job partner.
Longer vacations —You’re in a stronger position to negotiate an extended vacation. If you like to travel, there are probably trip options you’re ready to take now that you didn’t have the time or money for in earlier stages of your career. Job sharing allows for longer times away at one stretch because of partial work coverage—as long as you get agreement from your job partner, of course.
Better benefits —You could retain many coveted employee benefits (think health care coverage, earned PTO and 401(k) contributions) that you wouldn’t get as a contracted worker. The specifics depend on your employer’s policy, or the job sharing deal you negotiate where there is no policy.
It’s a phased retirement option — You might share your job with another late-career employee who also wants a transition phase before full retirement. Or you might set up a job-share with a younger employee, acting as a mentor or trainer before you make your eventual exit. Expectant or new parents may especially welcome your invitation to explore the possibility of sharing your job.
How to Make a Request for a Job Sharing Arrangement
The advantages of job sharing are clear. Interested? Virtually any position can be redesigned into a job sharing arrangement. Including yours.
The Job Sharing Proposal Package includes a job restructuring worksheet that helps you answer the question,
“Exactly how will the work get done under your new job sharing arrangement?”
It will guide you step-by-step to asking for a job sharing arrangement with clarity and confidence. Learn more here.