Why I believe "sharing roles" is a more important trend than you may think.

Why I believe "sharing roles" is a more important trend than you may think.

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Roleshare: Future of Work

Written by: Sophie Smallwood, co-Founder, Roleshare.

The future of employment is often discussed in terms of technological improvements and automation. But there's another, more human, facet to the future of work that deserves emphasis: job sharing or role share.

I've been fundraising for the Roleshare Platform for what feels like ages, I've pitched hundreds of investors. I've gotten a lot of no's, but I've also gotten a lot of yes's. Our platform helps companies retain, redeploy, and hire talent by merging their skills together for full-time roles. The other day, I was talking to one of our investors, and she said something that really stuck with me.

"When you're pitching job sharing, you're not just pitching a solution to the problem of work-life balance, or even to the way that the future of work is going to look. You're pitching a whole new way of thinking about work."

It made me realize I needed to paint a better picture of the wide breadth of job sharing.

I started Roleshare because I saw an opportunity to create a more flexible way of working that would benefit both businesses and employees to enable a diverse, sustainable, and equitable workforce. But what I realized is that sharing roles is not just about flexibility. It's about synergy.

When two people share a job, they are accountable to each other in a way that is unique. There is  1:1 accountability that drives knowledge transfer and business continuity. This is increasingly beneficial in a remote and hybrid workforce, where managing teams can feel more challenging for managers. The good news is job sharers can "manage" themselves very efficiently with open, transparent communication, and their joint objectives and KPIs act as effective motivation. Also, because job sharing bridges the skills gap, it creates a new type of job.

But most importantly, job sharing is about diversity of thought. When you have two people with different perspectives working together, you get a richness of ideas and creativity that you simply can't get from one person working alone.

The WFH Research study recently revealed 1 in 30 remote employees are working in two jobs without either employer knowing. Companies are having to face the reality that, even in a potential recession, the workforce is becoming an employee-led workforce. So your company's  top performing employees might be seeing other companies on the side. So how can companies gain transparency from the employee-led workforce? They have to offer flexible options that offer permission, and visibility, to do more. Hello job share. 

If you're interested in learning more check out our website: www.roleshare.com.

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