Finding the perfect work partner is a lot like looking for
a mate. Not just anyone will do; you need someone with whom
you work well, communicate easily, and negotiate fairly without
hard feelings. You also need to have complementary skill sets
and scheduling needs. Heres how to find that person:
Choose a person whose personality and style complement
your own. You dont need identical work styles; in
fact, sometimes its best if your strengths are her
weaknesses and vice-versa.
Get to know your potential partner before entering into
a job-sharing agreement. The time to discover she cant
be trusted with organizational details is before youre
sharing a job with her.
Negotiate the arrangement before approaching your manager.
You want to present a well thought-out plan, not a half-baked
idea. Your presentation serves as the first indication of
the quality of work you two will do jointly.
Make sure you can communicate easily with a potential
partner. You should both feel comfortable discussing anything,
including concerns and conflict.
Discuss how you will handle any problems beforehand. For
instance, are you flexible enough to swap days? What if
travel is required? Know these answers before you approach