Job Share a solution to retaining older talented workers

In recent years, the need for job flexibility has gained a lot of media attention. Most of this attention has focused on flexibility for mothers returning to work, so in the current work force, job share is mainly utilised to support women with care responsibilities. Until now, the need for job flexibility for older workers to accommodate a better transition to retirement hasn’t received much consideration. This means that when talented older workers retire, Australian corporations are faced with the sudden loss of their skills. Based on ABS, there are close to one million Australians aged 45-64 who are retired but who could potentially still contribute to our workforce1. One issue is the lack of senior part-time roles in the market. Today, part-time roles represent 36.9% of the Australian market but only 1.2% of these are management roles2. Job share can play a great part in giving talented older workers the flexibility they need so companies can retain them in roles where their skills and knowledge can be utilised and shared across the business. Transition to retirement is the #2 reason to consider job share In a survey conducted by Gemini3 with Research Now, 26% of respondents chose transition to retirement as their main reason to consider job share3. This represents 1.3 million employees Australian corporations could retain for longer by supporting job share arrangements. The survey also highlighted that the more senior the employee, the more interested they would be in job share. This reaffirmed job share being a solution to retaining senior and high performer employees. How companies can drive job share with older workers Include job...