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Is it worth the effort to become a Job Sharer?

Effort and benefits are the 2 factors to consider when making a decision to change work patterns to become a Job SharerThe important thing to consider is:

The amount of effort it takes to change from current work pattern (e.g. Full Time or Part Time) to become a Job Sharer versus the amount of benefits that can be gained from becoming a Job Sharer.

The grid on the right-hand side is a simple diagram explanation of how these 2 areas to consider may impact on a decision to become a Job Sharer, which shows degrees of effort needed versus benefits which can be gained by job sharing.

There are another 2 factors to consider in making a decision to change work pattern to become a Job Sharer

1) Critical Life Stages – people may make a decision to become a job sharer due to changes in their personal life at different stages of their life, e.g.

  • 30 years old and becoming a parent
  • 45 years old and becoming a carer
  • 55 years old and approaching pensionable age
  • Potentially at any point within working age timeframe for people who have a disability or health condition

So the potential to see benefits which could be gained by becoming Job Sharer may arise as people reach different critical life stages over time.

2) Job Share Transition Resources & Support – people may feel that to change from the work pattern that they are familiar with may take a lot of effort if it is not easy to find resources and support to make the transition easy.

Using the resources provided in Civil Service Job Share Finder is one way to address this issue. Support may also be gained by networking and interaction with other Civil Service Job Share Finder site users in addition to colleagues, Line Managers and HRBPs from within an individual’s own business unit.

In conclusion, to know if it is worth moving from Full Time or Part Time working to becoming a Job Sharer it is important to know:

  • The benefits which could be gained outweigh the efforts required to do it
  • If a critical life stage event means that there is not just a desire to become a Job Sharer but a need to become one and;
  • Are there resources and support available to make the transition to the new work pattern easy and practicable?

Everybody’s life is unique, so the assessment and resulting decision to become a Job Sharer will be a personal one.

 

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