In a survey carried out last year by TLNT, Communication and Humility were voted as key traits of effective leaders. Similarly, in accounts of Jobshare success we hear about the need for effective communication and humility. Why therefore, is Jobsharing not integral to leadership development in our workplace as opposed to an exception to the rule?
Currently, Jobsharing is occasionally considered as a last resort when someone (usually a parent) wants to return to their role part-time after maternity or paternity leave. Instead, I believe Jobsharing should be an essential part of leadership programmes within organisations, an important part of investing in people and a practical way of honing key skills which every organisation could benefit from. Imagine a workplace where as part of your leadership development, or personal development you were expected to spend a period of time as part of a jobshare, either with someone in a different department /outside the organisation /someone more senior who is phasing their work schedule for retirement. Would this make for a more versatile and diverse workplace, encouraging collective intelligence and employment programmes for employees throughout their career?