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The pros and cons of job sharing

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Question: “One of our employees has asked her manager if she can 'job share.' Instead of working full time, she’d work three days, another person would work two days, and they would share the job duties. I’m a little worried—especially about shared responsibility, and who is ultimately accountable for the work. What are the pros and cons? Does anyone else have experience with job sharing?”—Jeanne, MN


Not knowing what type of job they are performing makes it a bit difficult to respond. I manage the leave area at my company. Each of my 3 leave administrators is responsible for their part of the alphabet. When one is out, even for a partial day, the others must pick up the slack - in essence they share jobs. The leave administrator assigned to the case (based on last name of employee) is responsible for the management of the leave.

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