What is Job Sharing?



Peggy began her first job-sharing arrangement when she became pregnant with her second child. A customer support representative for a technology firm, Peggy approached her boss about the prospect of going part-time. As it turned out, her boss had a solution. His wife's best friend, who worked for a competitor, was also expecting and looking to reduce her hours. At his suggestion, the women began sharing the job shortly after Peggy returned from maternity leave.

Peggy worked the morning shift and her job partner took over in the afternoon. Peggy loved having more time with her kids, but she no longer found her job rewarding. She became increasingly frustrated with her partner, who had a very different working style and showed little interest in keeping Peggy informed of the status of work orders and what was going on with their clients.