SECURE YOUR SUPERVISOR’S SUPPORT
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.