About us

Who are we?
Jobs Shared is a social enterprise started by Simone McLaughlin. Simone’s background is advertising, a very family unfriendly industry she soon found out after having her first child. The idea for Jobs Shared arrived after discovering the lack of part-time roles available. Job sharing seemed like the obvious solution, but there was no way to find someone who was in the same situation. A year and another baby later and Jobs Shared was launched!  Simone is extremely passionate about making flexible work the norm so more people can create better work/life choices. Her goal is to make finding high-level part-time work easier by educating companies (one by one) of the benefits of job sharing.

What do we do?

FREE ONLINE SERVICE FOR JOB SEEKERS
We’re an online service designed to help you find the right person to share a job with. We’ve created a virtual meeting place to help you find someone with similar experience and complementary skills to form a job share partnership with. For more information check out our job seeker tips here

CONSULTING
We offer a consulting service for businesses interested in job sharing, outlining ways to interview and manage teams, addressing push back from stakeholders, ways to split roles, communicating changes within the businesses and getting the most out of job sharing. We’re aiming to create more opportunities for job share teams and generate excitement for it across different industries.

SOFTWARE AS A SERVICE
Jobs Shared is available as software for companies looking at setting up internal job share registers. An internal job share register allows for employee driven job share opportunities, it will assist with staff retention and help you attract a more diverse workforce. Branding and filters specific to your workplace can all be customised. To set up a meeting please contact us on info@jobsshared.com.au

EVENTS
We run industry specific ‘speed dating’ style events to help bring the experience of the Jobs Shared website to life. Events are carefully planned to ensure the best outcome for all that attend. Please contact us on info@jobsshared.com.au if you’re interested in an event for your industry.

 

What is job sharing?
Job sharing is when two people share one full-time position. You share the one job title and obviously the one job. The full-time salary and annual leave is split between the two job sharers based on an agreement between the employers and employees.

How does job sharing work?
There are two common forms of job sharing. One is when a full-time role is split between two people who share responsibility for all requirements of the role. The role is divided between the team members, who are interchangeable, and both members of the job share team are across all aspects of the job. The other way job sharing works is sharing the responsibilities of a full-time position. This means each person is responsible for specific tasks, and the team isn’t necessarily across all aspects of the role.

How to make job sharing successful

Find someone complementary
First of all, don’t just look for someone with identical skills. One of the best selling points to employers is that they’re getting two for the price of one. Look for someone who has skills that complement your own, so you can offer different perspectives and provide greater value than one employee alone could offer.

Communication
Make sure you‘re sharing the job with someone you can communicate with easily, as communication is key to a successful job sharing team. You’ll need to be having discussions around prioritising work, office politics and personal matters, so you need to be compatible. You also need to discuss where jobs are at so nothing is missed. You’ll want someone you can collaborate and disagree with.

Put it in writing!
Make sure you have a written agreement with your employer and your job share partner as to how the job will be divided. You can always change it later. Having it in writing will also help you apply as a united front, giving the employer confidence.

Focus on the positives
It’s natural that people will be sceptical about job sharing and wonder how it’s going to affect them. Try to focus on how it will benefit them and the company and not so much how it’s going to benefit you. They want to know what’s in it for them.

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