I’m a big fan of job shares – so am delighted this network has been established. I was recently involved with some work on getting more women into senior positions in the civil service. One of the major issues we identified was managers not understanding the benefits of having jobsharers working for them – and not thinking creatively enough about how they can design jobs to suit jobsharers.
Diversity and inclusion
Work to live or live to work? It’s a sad indictment of modern living but many people feel the latter best describes their situation.
Not me though. I have a job share partner or as she likes to jest, a work-wife. And much like a marriage, job sharing requires commitment, loyalty and a healthy dose of honesty. It is not for the faint hearted but the rewards can be immense.
Emma Cole and James Burt are currently in a job share in the Department of Energy and Climate Change. They give tips on making a job share work while sharing responsibility for projects.
Tom Powell and Kathryn Alford are currently job sharing in the Department of Energy and Climate Change in a job share partnership from the Ministry of Defence. They explain the advantages of job sharing, and how they make their job share work successfully.
Wendy Barnes, former Chief Operating Officer at the Department for Energy and Climate change, talks about her experience of job sharing in the private sector. She explains what the experience taught her and gives tips on how to make a job share successful.
Beverley Adams and Tracy Armstrong have been job sharing at the Ministry of Justice since 2001. They talk about how it has helped them in their careers while still maintaining a good work-life balance.