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What managers tell us they love about managing a senior level Job Share partnership – 10 insights

We often hear stories, rumours and indeed gossip about how job shares have gone wrong or what a bad experience people have had, however there are hundreds and hundreds of good news stories that get forgotten about. I love it when I hear managers raving about the job share in their team, the positives that spill out of their mouths about the benefits to them, their wider team, the business as a whole.


We often hear stories, rumours and indeed gossip about how job shares have gone wrong or what a bad experience people have had, however there are hundreds and hundreds of good news stories that get forgotten about. I love it when I hear managers raving about the job share in their team, the positives that spill out of their mouths about the benefits to them, their wider team, the business as a whole.

So I thought I would share what nuggets I have picked up from many of these managers – it just makes you think differently about more unusual ways of working. 

  • They gain an ‘extra’ member to their team -so additional ideas, input, opinions and capacity
  • They benefit from additional skills or experience that they wouldn’t find in one person.
  • They love ‘pioneering’ new ways of working and encouraging their peers to do the same
  • They have continuity in their team throughout holidays and extended ‘leave’
  • They actually ‘learn’ themselves from the job sharers – often in terms of communications, handover, efficiencies and good practice in organising work and take this with them to new roles and organisations
  • They start to measure outputs and deliverables through clear KPIs rather than measuring on ‘presence’ and ‘what others say’
  • They leave the  2 individuals in the partnership to ‘get on’ and shape the role themselves
  • They get to retain the skills and experience of a team member who otherwise may have had to leave
  • They get a lot more back than just the additional ‘day’ through commitment, hard work, motivation and engagement
  • They attract great talent into their team from other teams – as word spreads and everyone wants to work for such a great boss

Philippa Williams
Capability Jane
E: philippawilliams@capabilityjane.com

 


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