Conde′ Nast is doing it. Glamour magazine does it, and a lot of publishing companies are doing it as well: job-sharing. A recent article in The New York Times shed some light on the interesting subject by talking to Jennifer Turano, a woman who has been sharing jobs for many years and now is currently sharing an advertising sales job at Glamour magazine.
What it is: Typically two people sharing a job, both holding part-time positions but carrying out the same basic agenda. The combined efforts have the duo performing the work of one full time employee (if not more). Often the people work on different days and act as partners in everything that they do.
The benefits: Being able to work part time but still produce the results of a full-time worker. Flexibility–depending on who you are working with, maybe you can switch days to get a longer weekend with the family, or not have to really miss a day of work when Tuesday decides to make you sick. Other benefits are free time to pursue a passion, earn another degree or even freelance (depending on your contract). Sharing a job can help you keep your options open.
The cons: No task is really completed solo, so it is all a team effort. This means that you and your other working half must be responsible, work together and communicate well all of the time. Also being in and out of the office every other day can make it harder for people to get to know you. But if they know of your work, and the fact that you’re able to pull off sharing something as important as a job, they’ll know that you’re a team player.
So, job-sharing, I’m not sure how well I could do it, or if I would ever want to. However, if it would help me avoid layoffs, then I’m all for trying it. So what are your thoughts? Would/could you share your job? And do you think job-sharing could be a great way to avoid getting fired?