This is the fourth article in the series A CEO’s Guide to Long-Term Employees.

Major shifts in the working sector have gotten plenty of press in recent months. You’ve probably heard about the Great Resignation and most likely experienced some sort of virtual work yourself. 

Every company has unique constraints but now more than ever, CEOs need to consider what sort of work environment is conducive to fostering long-term employees. While there’s no one structure that fits all companies, one thing is certain: 

Employee expectations and needs have changed. And this means CEOs need to shift their preconceived notions for employment structure.

It’s time to get innovative if you want to keep your best employees for the long-haul. And you really do want to keep them, as employee satisfaction and turnover massively affect your company’s financial stability.

The great news is that getting creative with your employment structure can open the way for some amazing growth on your team and for your company.

I found this to be true when I considered taking a full-time administrative position and breaking it into two part-time roles. I had never done this before, but when the role was vacated a few years ago, I found an excellent candidate who could only commit to part-time work. I took a chance that I could find an additional candidate who would cover the other half of the role. That gamble paid off, resulting in a job sharing situation that I wouldn’t have considered otherwise.

Here’s how it came about: Zoe Minzenberger started with Officeheads in November of 2020 and quickly excelled in daily operations, project management, and assisting and supporting Jim during tax season. Bailey Minzenberger started with Officeheads in August of 2021, with a knack for management systems, internal file organization, and organizational reporting. Together, Zoe and Bailey have shaped a daily routine that provides exceptional support for our team: Zoe works in the morning, Bailey works in the afternoon, and they work together at midday to transition and relay pertinent information and urgent details. 

The setup is a win for them both. “It’s helpful to have another person to lean on, work wise,” Zoe explains. Zoe appreciates having Bailey’s insight for solving problems and discussing ideas. Bailey says that job sharing in an office setting is quite similar to employees working together for any other customer service organization: “It’s similar to workers having overlapping shifts. You have to step into the workflow and ask your teammates for an update as you begin your shift.” Great communication is what makes their job sharing role work so well, and that’s enhanced because Zoe and Bailey are also siblings. Their success in job sharing is even more impressive considering Officeheads is now a virtual company. Our investment in digital tools and video communications makes it possible for them to share this role from their own distinct locations.

In addition to job sharing being a win for the Officeheads team, it’s also a win for Zoe and Bailey, who are both gifted artists with full creative lives outside of the office. Zoe is a ceramic artist and nonprofit founder (The Digs Chicago), and Bailey is a busy musician (Morinda Band, Friko, and Free Range). Job sharing provides them both with steady income and benefits so that they can keep on with their artistic pursuits. In this way, Officeheads is able to shape and support the community with beauty that is essential for us all.

Job sharing has been a fantastic addition to our employment structure, which encourages me to continue thinking of innovative solutions to our staffing needs. Shaping an environment that supports employees in their work roles as well as in their life passions makes for an even richer team experience. And that produces long-term employees who are happy, loyal, and long-lasting. If you are looking for innovative ways to grow your financial stability, our team can help! We are ready to help you make 2022 your best year yet with employees who stick around and make your company all it can be.