Sarah Hammer and Mimi Su, senior marketing directors at Unilever, have employed a unique solution to combat work burnout by sharing one job. Working in alternate weeks, this arrangement allows both to pursue career ambitions while ensuring work-life balance. Although each receives 60% pay, they argue that their collaborative effort is more productive than a single individual. Job sharing, though still a rarity, is being increasingly explored by companies as a means to recruit and retain top talent.
- Sarah and Mimi, from Unilever, alternate weeks on the job, enabling them to balance career with personal interests or family.
- Women’s workforce participation has stagnated since 1999, and job sharing could offer a solution to help both genders maintain a work-life balance.
- Companies, including Ford, are seeing the benefits of job sharing and are creating tools to connect potential job-sharing pairs.
- The pandemic has prompted companies to consider more flexible work arrangements to aid in recruitment and retention.
- Job sharing can be effective in numerous sectors, with benefits like continuous role coverage and combined years of experience.