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Job Sharing in Australia: Possibilities, Problems and Strategies


Lafferty, G and Bohle, P and Giudice, C, Job Sharing in Australia: Possibilities, Problems and Strategies, Economic and Labour Relations Review pp. 127-148. ISSN 1035-3046 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177%2F103530460201300107


This paper defines job sharing and explores its potential benefits. An overview of its origins and growth in Australia and overseas is followed by discussion of management issues. Organisational issues concern aspects of planning, implementation and operation. Issues for job sharers include finding an appropriate job share partner, maintenance of the job sharing relationship, protection of voluntary participation and preservation of pro rata benefits and other working conditions. A process for facilitating effective liaison between management, job sharers and trade unions is proposed. Job sharing is uncommon in Australia but may assist workers to balance work and family responsibilities or pursue interests outside work while avoiding many disadvantages of precarious work. For employers, it may facilitate retention of valued staff, reduce turnover, enhance recruiting or reduce staff costs. These propositions have not been rigorously tested, however, and avenues for future research are therefore explored.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Organisation and management theory
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Ethics
Objective Field:Workplace and organisational ethics (excl. business ethics)
UTAS Author:Bohle, P (Professor Philip Bohle)
ID Code:138812
Year Published:2002
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2020-04-30
Last Modified:2020-04-30

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