At Roleshare we have interviewed many professionals who shared roles successfully and some unsuccessfully. Those who share successfully all have one thing in common. They say “sharing” was their most rewarding working experience. Some like Sherelle Folkes and Nichola Johnson-Marshall, co-Heads of External Communication at Open Banking, said they learned a tremendous amount from each other’s unique approaches to problem solving. Others like Dr. Shelagh Muir and Jane Maciver, co-VP of Research at Unilever, said working together produced a better quality output. On the other hand, those who shared unsuccessfully say it wasn’t a right match and the foundation of their partnership wasn’t set up properly.
What can we learn from failure to drive success? We've learne that finding a good match with whom to share a role, having a good plan and foundation at the onset, and remaining agile are critical to successful sharing. Roleshare’s goal is to help professionals share jobs successfully, not just for themselves as a pair, but for all their stakeholders. So to get going on the right foot, Roleshare recommends professionals:
Once you have a few solid roleshare matches and plans ready – it's time to pitch or apply to job share!
Do you want to share your existing role? If so, you'll need to PITCH your Roleshare Plan to your manager.
Do you want to share a new role? If so, you'll need to APPLY. Either way, you'll want to have a pitch presentation ready to present. What is the goal of the pitch presentation? To get your roleshare working model approved and going!
At Roleshare, we want to help you with this process and have designed an example of a Let's Roleshare - Pitch presentation you can use as inspiration and leverage as you present this model of working to your line manager, hiring manager, HR, etc.