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Job sharing: The devil is in the details

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Job sharing, or the practice of essentially tasking two part-time employees to share one full-time job, is gaining in popularity because of technological advances, lifestyle changes and employee expectations for work-life balance. Employers who offer such flexibility can boost retention and recruiting success. Managers who know how to guide such an arrangement can increase their own marketability as well, proving they can creatively lead in a changing workforce that is increasingly expecting flexible work arrangements.

Here are expert tips on how to evaluate, manage and execute a seamless job-sharing program:

Evaluate objectively

Change breeds a range of emotional reactions, and job sharing is frequently emotionally charged. Employees who propose a job share have likely undergone significant personal stress; other employees may resent or doubt the changing structure; and you, the manager, may feel trepidation about how to man...(register to read more)

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