An alternative way to work:  sharing perspectives on job sharing Presented by Louise Graham & Emma Rye Information Librari...
Definition <ul><li>Job sharing is where one full time job is  </li></ul><ul><li>split between two people; each partner cov...
History  <ul><li>Polytechnic of North London: early 1980s </li></ul><ul><li>“ increasing phenomenon over last few years wi...
Benefits for employers <ul><li>Doubling of knowledge, skills and experience </li></ul><ul><li>Continuity within the week <...
Issues for employers  <ul><li>Legal issues </li></ul><ul><li>Administration </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>P...
Recruiting (…and networking!) <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>List owned by Regina Everitt.  Register at  </li><...
Benefits for employees <ul><li>Work-life balance </li></ul><ul><li>Continuation of career </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing of kno...
Issues for employees  <ul><li>Personal issues </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of control?  Reduction in job satisfaction?  Clash of...
Critical success factors  <ul><li>United front </li></ul><ul><li>No controlling instincts </li></ul><ul><li>Good time mana...
Further reading <ul><li>Blount, P. (1991),  Job sharing in academic libraries: an  </li></ul><ul><li>examination of princi...
Further reading <ul><li>Flexible Employment Options (FEO) [Internet].  Available from: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.staff...
Further reading <ul><li>Goulding, A. & Kerslake, E. (1996), Flexible working in  </li></ul><ul><li>libraries: profit and p...
Further reading <ul><li>Olmsted, B. & Smith, S. (1989),  Creating a flexible workplace: </li></ul><ul><li>how to select an...
Conclusion  <ul><li>No mavericks or champions need apply! </li></ul>
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Graham, L. and Rye, E. (2006) An alternative way to work: sharing perspectives on job-sharing. At: Gregynog Colloquium, 13 June 2006. Tregynon: HEWIT/WHELF.

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Job Sharing

  1. 1. An alternative way to work: sharing perspectives on job sharing Presented by Louise Graham & Emma Rye Information Librarians (School of Electronics & School of Computing) j/s
  2. 2. Definition <ul><li>Job sharing is where one full time job is </li></ul><ul><li>split between two people; each partner covers every </li></ul><ul><li>aspect of the job. They share the pay and benefits. </li></ul><ul><li>They either work split days, split weeks, or alternate </li></ul><ul><li>weeks. Although the majority of job sharers are </li></ul><ul><li>women with childcare responsibilities, it is </li></ul><ul><li>something that everyone can embrace irrespective </li></ul><ul><li>of age or gender. </li></ul><ul><li> [CILIP, 2003] </li></ul>
  3. 3. History <ul><li>Polytechnic of North London: early 1980s </li></ul><ul><li>“ increasing phenomenon over last few years with our clients” </li></ul><ul><li>[Instant Library, 2006] </li></ul><ul><li>University of Glamorgan: 2005 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Benefits for employers <ul><li>Doubling of knowledge, skills and experience </li></ul><ul><li>Continuity within the week </li></ul><ul><li>Annual leave/sickness: 50% cover </li></ul><ul><li>The phenomenon of bilocation! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Issues for employers <ul><li>Legal issues </li></ul><ul><li>Administration </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>Performance </li></ul><ul><li>Recruiting </li></ul>
  6. 6. Recruiting (…and networking!) <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>List owned by Regina Everitt. Register at </li></ul><ul><li>www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/jobshare.html </li></ul>
  7. 7. Benefits for employees <ul><li>Work-life balance </li></ul><ul><li>Continuation of career </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing of knowledge, skills and experience </li></ul><ul><li>Work is kept in work! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Issues for employees <ul><li>Personal issues </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of control? Reduction in job satisfaction? Clash of personality and working styles? </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing a physical environment </li></ul><ul><li>Ergonomics, filing </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing the workload and decision-making </li></ul><ul><li>Perceptions of colleagues </li></ul>
  9. 9. Critical success factors <ul><li>United front </li></ul><ul><li>No controlling instincts </li></ul><ul><li>Good time management and organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Effective communication between ourselves </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Overlap time </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Shared diary and message book </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Handover tray / joint intray </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Regular meetings with our Line Manager </li></ul>
  10. 10. Further reading <ul><li>Blount, P. (1991), Job sharing in academic libraries: an </li></ul><ul><li>examination of principles and practice , Brighton, Council of </li></ul><ul><li>Polytechnic Librarians. </li></ul><ul><li>Brocklebank, J. & Whitehouse, H. (2003), Job sharing in </li></ul><ul><li>academic libraries at the senior management level: </li></ul><ul><li>experiences of job sharing at deputy and director level, Library </li></ul><ul><li>Management , 24 (4/5), pp. 243-251 </li></ul><ul><li>Cattermole, J. & Howell, J. (2003), Job sharing at a senior level </li></ul><ul><li>– a personal perspective, SCONUL Newsletter , 30 (Winter), </li></ul><ul><li>pp. 37-40 </li></ul>
  11. 11. Further reading <ul><li>Flexible Employment Options (FEO) [Internet]. Available from: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.staffs.ac.uk/feo [Accessed 8 June 2006] </li></ul><ul><li>Forrest, A. (2006), Half a job, anyone?, Update , 5 (5), </li></ul><ul><li>pp. 22-23 </li></ul><ul><li>Goddard, C. (1991), Job-sharing in British libraries: </li></ul><ul><li>implications for the manager, Journal of </li></ul><ul><li>Librarianship and Information Science , 23 (4), </li></ul><ul><li>pp.191-201 </li></ul>
  12. 12. Further reading <ul><li>Goulding, A. & Kerslake, E. (1996), Flexible working in </li></ul><ul><li>libraries: profit and potential pitfalls, Library Management , </li></ul><ul><li>17 (2), pp. 8-16 </li></ul><ul><li>Harvell, J. (2004), Combining work and family life: my </li></ul><ul><li>experience of job sharing, Impact , 7 (4), pp. 62-63 </li></ul><ul><li>Oaff, B. (2006), Job-sharing: flexible benefits of dividing one </li></ul><ul><li>job between two people, guardianjobs [Internet] . Available </li></ul><ul><li>from: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// jobsadvice.guardian.co.uk/lifeandwork/story / </li></ul><ul><li>0,,1181102,00.html [Accessed 9 May 2006] </li></ul>
  13. 13. Further reading <ul><li>Olmsted, B. & Smith, S. (1989), Creating a flexible workplace: </li></ul><ul><li>how to select and manage alternative work options , New York, </li></ul><ul><li>American Management Association </li></ul><ul><li>Stennett, R. (1994), Job sharing in librarianship, Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Career Development , 2 (1), pp. 23-29 </li></ul><ul><li>Working families [Internet]. Available from: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.workingfamilies.org.uk/asp/home_zone/ </li></ul><ul><li>m_welcome.asp [Accessed 31 May 2006] </li></ul>
  14. 14. Conclusion <ul><li>No mavericks or champions need apply! </li></ul>

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