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If you pro­posed the ar­range­ment, make sure your boss is on­board. “It’s pos­si­ble to be suc­cess­ful in an or­gan­i­sa­tion that doesn’t gen­er­ally sup­port job shar­ing, but not if your man­ager is against it,” says Wil­liams. “If your su­per­vi­sor doesn’t sup­port it, it’s prob­a­bly not go­ing to work.” Ask your boss for feed­back reg­u­larly. Be vig­i­lant about com­mu­ni­cat­ing with her about the ar­range­ment. When Fried­man was a se­nior ex­ec­u­tive at Ford Mo­tor Com­pany, a pair of his di­rect re­ports shared a job. “What made it work so well was their will­ing­ness to go the ex­tra mile to keep me and oth­ers in­formed about how they were co­or­di­nat­ing their work; this gave all those in­volved a sense of con­fi­dence and trust that this was a good deal not just for the job shar­ers but for our com­pany,” he says.


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