BEC Notes – Ways of working

freelance – You sell your work or services to a number of different companies.
teleworking – You work for a company from home via email, phone or the Internet.
job-sharing – You do your job for part of the week and another person does it for the other part.
shift work – You work during different parts of the day (eg nights).
part-time – You only work for some of the week (not full-time).
temping – You work for different companies for a short time without a permanent contract.
consultancy – You aren’t employed by a company, but are paid to give specialist advice.
flexitime – You work a number of hours per week or month but you decide when you start or finish.
hot-desking – You don’t have a permanent place or office to work at, but you find a place to work when you arrive.

It’s great because I’m my own boss, but I still work with lots of different people. – freelance
I wish I had my own space. I have to carry everything around in my bag and sometimes there’s nowhere to sit. – hot-desking
I like it because it’s only for a couple of months and I’m saving up to go round the world. – consultancy (me: A well paid part-time job for specialist.)
The only problem is sleeping. Your body never knows if it’s night or day! – shift work (me: It sucks!)
It can get a bit lonely at times. And I miss my colleagues and all the office gossip. – part-time
My Children are at school so it lets me spend more time with them. – teleworking/temping
When one of us wants a week off, the other person does a few extra days so it’s fairly flexible. – flexitime/job-sharing

How to job-share
1. Find the perfect partner.
2. Open your mind. Embrace the benefits.
3. Plan for disaster. Always discuss the worst-case scenarios, you may lost your job-share partner.
4. Get organised. Plan the system for handing work over carefully and play to each other’s different strengths. Delegate the workload according to each other’s particular skills and qualities. (me: It’s not easy, but very helpful in teamwork.)
5. Set your limits. Managers should clarify what they expect in terms of hours, availability and results, and employees should manage their employer’s expectations.
6. Put pen to pager. Agree in writing arrangements for holidays, parental leave, retirement, etc. Everyone should know where they stand from the beginning.
7. Don’t fell guilty. Do not work until 1am at home to make up for not being in the office every day.
8. Two become one. Clients may not liking having to deal with two people working closely together. A job-share should be like a marriage.
(me: I really think that job-share is a difficult way of working, only few companies accept it and it’s very difficult to find a good partner. )

To be continued…

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