What to ask on your Puffling ‘date’

Sarah Parker
Oct 31, 2017 · 2 min read

Job sharing is not for everyone. Your ‘date’ is an important step to find out whether you are compatible. Not only with your job-sharing partner but with the concept as a whole.

To be successful, job-sharing requires certain behaviours and characteristics to be able to manage and maintain a healthy working relationship. It won’t work when the individuals:

  • have a style more suited to independent working and are not naturally collaborative;
  • are competitive or for whom shining in their own right is more important than good teamwork;
  • are quick to blame and find it difficult to trust, or are not a naturally good communicator or well organised.

At Puffling we believe you should be reviewed and remunerated as a pair so it’s important to make sure you like each other and dare we say it… have chemistry!

These topics may seem daunting but it’s better to discuss them now to get a feel for whether or not you can be successful work partners.

Some things to talk about…

  • What does success look like?
  • Do you value the same things from work and colleagues?
  • What hours are you willing to work? What days?
  • How will we manage handovers?
  • What’s your working style?
  • What kind of working environment do you need to thrive?
  • What organisational tools will you use?
  • How will you manage disagreements?
  • What are your strengths? Your weaknesses?
  • What kind of brands have you worked on in the past?
  • What kind of brands are you keen to work with again?
  • How would you prefer the arrangement to work?

A ‘pure’ job share arrangement where one job happens to be done by two or more people with the same level of capability and expertise and a single set of performance measures.

A ‘job split’ where the role is divided by e.g. seniority, capability, client, project or geography, with different but related performance measures.

A ‘hybrid’ job share where there is a single set of accountabilities but there is some shared and some divided responsibility.

  • What should the ground rules be?


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Sarah Parker

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Co-founder and COO of Puffling


Connect & meet other people who believe flexible work is possible. Puffling is job-sharing 2.0