Can you relate to a future offering these scenarios?...
Sarah and Mark
The people: Sarah had established a career in Marketing before having children. After her first child she returned to work part-time and worked remotely on 3 days a week as part of a job share. Mark had a senior operational role and was at a pivotal point in his career which required further education.
Their motivation: Sarah wanted to create more time to spend with her young children for a period of her career. Mark wanted to pursue further education in order to progress. The work partnership meant that he could do this and continue his role in senior management, without risking burnout.
The match: The match worked well because as a product development partnership, Sarah worked remotely providing research, analysis and strategic redesign from a marketing perspective. Mark, who was office based, was able to provide day to day management of the team delivering the solution and ensure key actions were implemented.
Their advice: "Make sure you get to know your job share partner and if possible, have a fairly good idea of how they work before the job share. Keep each other involved, as a strong line of communication is key to success."
John and Steven
The people: John has had a long and established career in Procurement before his role faced redundancy. At the late stage in his career, John found it challenging to get another job at the same level as his priorities had changed and he wanted a role with a better work life balance. Steven is at the start of his career, completing a Masters in Economics and needed a mentor as he developed his leadership skills in business.
Their motivation: John wanted to readdress his work life balance to create
extra personal time to explore other interests as he approached retirement. Steven wanted to gain experience and a mentor during his transition from academia to industry to set him on the right track for leadership.
The match: The team proposition was ideal for both candidates, as John
provided the experience to employers, which proved to be a barrier for Steven, who in turn brought fresh thinking and versatility to the partnership.
Their advice: "Leave your ego at the door and make it your business to always update your partner. Play to each others strengths and see your Jobshare partner as someone you can also learn from."
all candidate information remains confidential, the above scenarios have been created based on examples of successful work partnerships