Job sharing is not two people working part-time jobs in parallel – that’s part-time working.
Job sharing is two people, through shared responsibilities, identities and accountability occupying one position. They are a single unit, a team and a complete resourcing solution. With job share, employees get the flexibility they crave, and employers have the complete resourcing solution they require to get the job done.
The benefits are clear. Increased productivity is well documented, a built-in sounding board comes as standard, plus of course easy holiday, sickness and redundancy cover. When job share runs smoothly like in Resource Harbour’s recent case study of director level job share everyone is happy.
Our ‘Does the boss love job share’ case study shows that the satisfaction extends to the job share’s Line Manager.
A successful established job share has virtually no downsides, all parties get what they want. However, to gain the benefits, some work upfront is required to ensure the partnership runs smoothly. Job share requires very good job design and great people matching.
Here are Resource Harbour’s Top Ten Tips for making job share work:
Like many companies, Resource Harbour takes its ecological responsibilities seriously. At a recent trade fair, we were proud to have the cleanest stand; our banner, laptops and us; no biros, badges or single use plastics ready to hand out. In the office we have a ‘think before you print’ policy, and our stationary is sourced from suppliers who recycle. More than this though, our core business has more than a hint of green.
Resource Harbour specialises in helping businesses diversify their workforce by finding excellent candidates that might not be found by traditional agencies and job boards. We do this via partnerships and events that reach out to professionals who might be overlooked by traditional recruitment methods, or feel unable to apply for standard job ads.
We recruit full time and part time across IT, finance, sales, marketing, HR and more. We work with businesses to open up their roles to attract and retain amazing people who need a little flexibility to make their chosen career doable. This can be as light touch as working unusual hours to suit the business, through to two people working as a structured job share; staffing a one role with two compatible professionals. Zero hours commuting and remote working are a big part of the range of flexible working options open to companies.
Home working is a big attraction to many of the incredible candidates out there. Working parents can reduce their working day by as many hours as their commute. Older, more experienced staff may well be persuaded to remain in role longer if they can work from home. For example, at one of our recent candidate events, we met a married couple; one an experienced IT professional, the other his partner, who has in recent times been required to be her full time carer. Other than his fantastic CV, what was most striking was how keen both of them are for him to work, and not just for financial reasons but for both of their well being. Wanting to care for loved one and wanting to continue in your chosen career do not need to be mutually exclusive.
From Forbes, to Wikipedia, the research is out there, working from home reduces the cars on the road, reduces emissions and makes your staff themselves think green; after all every time they print, it’s their paper, turn on a light, it’s their electricity bill. For a business, the costs of office space are reduced and staff retention improves. Of course, there are considerations to ensure remote working really works; not only keeping team spirit and communications alive and well, but also considering how to ensure that employer employee trust levels are high. At Resource Harbour, we offer consultancy services as well as recruitment; consultancy to help you adapt your processes and tools to accommodate a flexible team and embrace the benefits of a diverse, ecologically friendly workforce.
As well as being green about the way we work at Resource Harbour, our team has first hand experience of running a renewables business and we are currently working with a renewable energy company to help find them people passionate about renewables. We have many affinity partnerships with green organisations so can tap into this hidden talent pool.
If your business is open to flexible working, and wants to resource green, then come talk to us at email@example.com
A couple of years ago my girlfriends and I entered the Enduro mountain bike race. It was tough to get out and train over the summer months due to the school holidays but we cycled frequently and we were very much looking forward to the event. We named our all girl team “Tour de Force.” We were up early on race day and we were all pretty nervous, not as much banter as usual.
We arrived, took the bikes out and waited at the start line. What was the most striking thing? No girls, really few females, it was an all-male environment and we completely stood out. On some part of the race, someone called out “The chicken run is to the left girls.” For those of you that are not aware, in mountain biking there are jumps on certain tracks and you can choose not to go on those jumps and cycle alongside on the flat path known as “The Chicken Run.” As accomplished cyclists who have been mountain biking for years we are very capable and bombed along the jumps and obstacles. The day after the race, I checked the results board and it confirmed my suspicions, in total, there was a 7% female contingent.
Professionally, at the time, I was having a similar experience. As a back to work mum, searching for roles in sales and marketing to fit around my home life, was daunting to say the least. Roles at a level suitable to my experience and skill set were simply not available with the hours I needed. Flicking through local business magazines, I struggled to spot a female face... Where have all the girls gone?
Living in the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley, I have to say, from experience that the cycling is some of the best in the country, indeed the world. I now have a local “tribe” of girlfriends to cycle with and we have amazing adventures our gorgeous landscape. When we return from a cycle it feels as though we have been on a mini holiday and we have really connected through our love of cycling. Our shared experiences range from escaping bulls and badger spotting, to discovering our local villages and woods, happening across amazing buildings, architecture and scenery.
At work, I have done the same, forming Resource Harbour with my two female co founders. We are a recruitment company with a difference, working with local companies to open up professional roles across IT, HR, marketing, sales, finance and more, to a diverse and exceptional workforce who are often overlooked by traditional recruitment and retention methods. We specialise in helping businesses diversify their workforce by finding excellent candidates that might not be found by traditional agencies and job boards. We do this via partnerships and events that reach out to professionals who might be overlooked by traditional recruitment methods, or feel unable to apply for standard job ads.
We recruit full time and part time, working with businesses to open up their roles to attract and retain amazing people who need a little flexibility to make their chosen career doable. This can be as light touch as working unusual hours to suit the business, through to two people working as a structured job share; staffing a one role with two compatible professionals. In everything we do, we have diversity at the core.
Three years after the male dominated Enduro race, and I am racing again. I am competing in the Ladies Do Downhill. It’s on my bucket list and I think I’ll do this and that will be it, but you never know I might get the bug and continue. I am in the grand vet (over 50s) category, there isn’t an over 60 (super vet) category for women – so I might need to race again in another 6 years.
If you want to work in a career you love but still have time to bike, see your family or do whatever rocks your ride, then come talk to us at firstname.lastname@example.org