The disadvantages of job sharing

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The disadvantages of job sharing
Job sharing can ease the burden of daily workloads. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Job sharing allows two individuals to share the responsibilities of a specific role. This means businesses can accommodate certain employees, such as parents or carers, who can only spare part of their day for work. Job-sharing opportunities are usually offered by companies who are keen to keep or hire skilled and experienced workers, who need time set aside for personal obligations.

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By sharing a job, you are essentially dependent on another person to ensure your duties are fulfilled to the level your employer expects. If your partner is not pulling their weight, it may reflect badly on both of you as collectively you are failing. Your employer may not wish to take sides or have trouble believing one person’s account over the other. Such problems can be reduced, however, by ensuring work duties and responsibilities are clearly segmented from the beginning.

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Company benefits, such as pension schemes, health insurance and bonus arrangements, are often not available to part-time employees or those enrolled on job share schemes. Although this can serve as an effective cost-cutting measure for the company, it may make job sharing roles appear unattractive to prospective applicants, meaning an employer may have to search long and hard for willing candidates.


Job sharing schemes can add to the financial burden of a company. Two employees means two sets of payroll information and two personnel files, all of which adds to the administration burden of the company. Resources will also be taken up to a greater degree than with a single employee as both staff members need to be trained. The effort of communicating and co-ordinating the job duties of two individuals may also be seen as a headache to potential employers.


The act of job sharing is a team effort involving the sharing of duties and skill sets between two individuals. If only one individual is only ever on site at one time, this may cause a problem for managers who may need answers that the present employee cannot provide. Keeping a clear written schedule of one another's tasks and shifts, and insisting employees are available to contact via phone and email can help reduce this problem significantly.

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