5 common mistakes of job share partners

5 common mistakes of job share partners
Job share means two people sharing one role. It is one of the most effective flexible working options as it allows employees to have a meaningful career whilst increasing productivity for an organisation. Yet job share is often created reactively, for example when two women are coming back from maternity leave at similar times. Companies don’t necessarily take the time to ensure the partners are a good match and their arrangement is well structured. This article summarises the most common mistakes Gemini3 has seen through its multiple interviews and meetings with job share partners and companies supporting job share. Match for convenience Many job share arrangements are created reactively and for convenience. One of the common mistakes is when job share partners do not take the time to get to know each other prior to starting their arrangement. Using unbiased psychometric tools to understand each individual’s strengths and weaknesses can make the difference between a successful and unsuccessful partnership.  Through our research Gemini3 has uncovered the key attributes to not only create an effective pair but also to increase productivity of the role. Don’t have face to face hand-over time Face to face time is a golden rule when it comes to job share. It is highly important for the partners to have at least an hour to meet face to face and share projects but also challenges they face. Technology can play a great role in creating effective communication between the partners but it will never replace face to face connection. Don’t have a clear job share plan Most job share partners start their arrangement without taking the...