One of the over arching benefits of successful Jobsharing that seems to come through from senior level Jobsharers is the benefit of the supportive nature of their partnership. By being aware of and respecting each others’ motivations and strengths, as well as liking each other, Jobsharers seem to live a very fulfilled life both in terms of their career and their life outside of work.
So what does being in a supportive Jobshare mean and how does it translate in terms of benefits to the individuals and employers? There are a number of key trends that have come through.
1. Improved Productivity
Senior level Jobsharers, Louise and Katie have been in their role as HR Business Partners for around two years. Louise says “we have two minds on one role, most of the time we agree but when we disagree it’s good to have that differential and talk about it” and Katie says “when you’re part-time, you naturally have a higher level of productivity because you know you’ve got three days and you want to get a lot done, so employers are getting that double, because you’ve got two people with that mindset”.
2. Reduced Stress
Ruth who as progressed from part-time to Jobsharing in order to progress to a more senior level as Director of Strategy. She said “I feel less stressed as a Jobsharer, because there’s a proper release valve, in other roles you might vent to your partner or husband at the end of the day, but they’re not in it, so we can really vent to each other and share the challenges, which means it’s not all in your head, and I find that to be really valuable.”
3. Increased Objectivity
Polly says “Jobsharing is really supportive, which means you can take braver decisions faster, because with the best will in the world, your boss, your mentor, etc. isn’t going to be quite as interested and involved as your Jobshare partner. In particular on management decisions where you might be worried about being too subjective about a matter, when you have both picked up on it you can give clearer, stronger, more objective messages.”
These are just some of the significant benefits offered by successful senior level Jobsharing which also double up as reasons why Jobsharers are more productive and less stressed. If you’d like to know more about how Jobsharing can work for you and/or your organisation you can register interest at http://www.ginibee.com/contact-us.html