Companies Offering Shared Roles
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Roleshare is the smart matching site for shared roles. Share the work and pay of a full-time job. Extra smarts with full-time balance at work and in life.
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Connect and combine skills, strengths, and experiences to join up for fulfilling shared roles.
Are you a forward-thinking company open to flexible working?
Or do you offer enterprise communication, workforce management, and benefits tools or services?
Our goal is to enable a sustainable workforce, where people get more from their roles, and where full-time balance in work and life is normal – regardless of the reason.
I wanted to sustain my career growth, but also wanted to be an A-player parent. Sharing a role felt like the perfect solution, but I didn't know where to find a partner. And so, we decided to launch Roleshare."
- Sophie Smallwood, Co-Founder, Roleshare
What should you ask a potential match? How do you share a role? How do you pitch it to your manager? See our customizable guides!
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It's like a micro team - two people share the role and pay of a full-time job. They alternate working days or weeks, have a proper handover, share tools and communications channels, and keep productivity going full time.
Bucket loads. Employees get a fulfilling career and role while having extra time back in a week. They also get a buddy that is committed to the success of the role - holding each other accountable, learning from each other, strategizing together, and encouraging each other. Employers get twice the smarts, when typically they settle for one set of skills for a role. They also get more than typical full-time coverage on the role - when one partner is away on leave, the other can keep things progressing. They also retain employees and attract new talent. See our Roleshare Guide section for the 8 Benefits of Shared Roles. And see the general benefits of flexible working from the UK Department for Business Innovation & Skills.
Sharing a role / job share has been around in education, hospitals, and the public sector for ages. Also, many other industries have been doing it, without knowing it. For example, a copywriter and art director at an advertising agency can in many instances stand in for each other; and shift workers that require a handover every day are in many ways sharing a role too.
2001 was when job share was at its peak with over 26% of companies offering it as a perk (Source: inc.com), today 9% of companies in the US offer it as a benefit (source: Society of Human Resources Management). Typical job share arrangements have been lucky matches between people in the same company, with the same need for flexibility, and complementary skills - not scalable. It's a perk that was ahead of its time. Today, approximately 40% of Fortune 100 top companies offer job share as a company perk, but only 0-3% of employees do it. Roleshare interviewed 26 Directors and VPs of HR about job sharing - 62% felt it is too difficult to set up, but 57% said they would use a service that helps set it up. To scale and sustain such a flexible arrangement, companies need the support of HR and enterprise communications technology, which did not exist in 2001. Now is the time.
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