Men also want to job share

Men also want to job share
Job share was born in the late 1970s, yet today, more than three decades later, it is still associated with women with caring responsibilities. But our workforce is changing rapidly and flexibility is needed not only for women, but also for men. This was shown clearly in a survey conducted by Gemini3 with Research Now; the results revealed that 76% of men were interested in job share – almost equal with women (77%). Why men want job share? Men are looking to job share for different reasons than women. Lifestyle choice is reason No. 1- to allow more time to spend with family, give to the community or practice a hobby. Transition to retirement comes in second place for both men and women. Both are interested in job share to ease into retirement, but based on Australian Bureau of Statistics figures, women will need it sooner than men. Until recently, the average retirement age was 50 for women vs 58.9 for men, but interestingly, this gap has been narrowing. In the past five years the average retirement age was 59.6 for women vs 63.3 for men. Entrepreneurial pursuit is the No. 3 reason to job share for men, and the younger the man, the more important this is. Companies should not underestimate the number of employees, especially men, who are looking at pursuing their own businesses. At 11% of male respondents, this represents over half a million men in Australia. Caring for children comes in at No. 4, with 9% of men choosing it as their primary reason to job share. This is a high number considering only 0.6%...