Effectively adapting to your differences is the key to success or failure in a Jobshare. In my last blog I wrote about the first of five top tips when it comes to successful Jobsharing, the importance of self-awareness to “know yourself” and be mindful of your motivations, as this will come in useful to get the most out of the role. Once you are aware of your own motivations, you need to be aware of those of others around you and in particular, those of your Jobshare partner. When you talk through your motivations with your Jobshare partner, listen out for what you don’t already know, because guess what… we’re all unique with our own experiences preferences and personalities and difference is good.
Awareness and appreciation of our differences means we can effectively bring the benefits of diversity to our role. During my MBA, I studied knowledge creation and what makes us want to share or hoard and my research uncovered two key patterns;
1. Too much similarity actually slows down knowledge creation, why? because we don’t challenge each other’s assumptions enough which can mean that we repeat mistakes or feel disappointed when difference emerges.
2. Too much difference makes it difficult for us to create a shared frame of reference and can create suspicion, which slows knowledge transfer as we hoard our knowledge.
So it’s important to have some common ground to relate to through which you can create shared understanding. This is where the importance of skills overlap and getting to know another comes into play.
Well matched partnerships have enough difference to stimulate creativity, problem solving, and accountability for your actions to another, which improves effectiveness and productivity. Appreciating difference will help to effectively set up a Jobshare role and to successfully exploit each other’s strengths and to learn from each other when you discover an approach that works well.
To find out more about Jobsharing and register to become a Jobshare partner you can sign up today at www.ginibee.com Equally if your organisation can benefit from Jobsharing, please contact Sara Horsfall at firstname.lastname@example.org