For many positions, a shortened workweek for each partner is the most practical arrangement, with a common one being:
Partner A: Works Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning
Partner B: Works Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday
Some job sharing teams, usually in sales and other positions which need seamless integration, choose to overlap Wednesdays, both working a full day. This means they are each working 60%, with the two together equaling 1.2 FTE (full-time equivalent).
But practical isn’t the only way to go. Your position may lend itself to creative yet workable schedules.
I had one client, an ER nurse, who successfully negotiated to work six months off and six months on with another ER nurse. This allowed her to spend extended time at her vacation home in Scotland.
Another was a corporate pilot for the company’s private jet. Because she was always on call, she couldn’t plan anything with her family without the risk of interruption. So she arranged alternate-week job sharing so she could secure her time off.
Partners A and B alternate a certain number of weeks, or even months
Another variation alternates days throughout the week:
Partner A: Monday, Wednesday, alternating Fridays
Partner B: Tuesday, Thursday, alternating Fridays
Alternating days breaks up work continuity and is not one I’d recommend unless it’s a really good fit for your position and objectives. An example is a job with distinct tasks on any given day, e.g., a physical therapist working with a set number of clients.
One that I’ve seen work well with teachers is:
Partner A: Works mornings, five days a week
Partner B: Works afternoons, five days a week
Job sharing is not always split 50/50. Consider this possibility:
Partner A: Works three days a week (60%)
Partner B: Works two days a week (40%)
With a variety of workable ways to schedule a job sharing arrangement, you can be practical or creative—or both. Consider the needs and objectives of the position and of the two job partners in coming to a scheduling decision.
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