Hacking job share: The story of job share CEOs Lucy Foster and Catherine Van der Veen

Hacking job share: The story of job share CEOs Lucy Foster and Catherine Van der Veen
Gemini3 and Juggle Strategies co-hosted a thought provoking hacking job share roundtable with leading organisations Origin, Optus, Microsoft, GHD, Boeing, JLL and Wellbeing Australia. The purpose of this roundtable was to discuss the reality of job share and why accelerating the adoption of this arrangement will be the key to solving flexibility. Over the next few weeks, we will post short articles sharing key learning and insights discovered during this roundtable. This first article details the story of our guest speakers Job share CEOs Lucy Foster and Catherine Van der Veen. Click on this link to download the full version of the Hacking jobshare playbook Job share CEOs Lucy Foster and Catherine Van der Veen of Gen Life   Lucy Foster and Catherine van der Veen had been job sharing a General Manager role at CBA for 2 years when the opportunity to become the first women job share CEOs of an ASX 200 business came along. Together, they already had a track record of success and when Rob Coombe, the Executive Chairman of parent company, Generation Development Group, approached Catherine wondering “when the kids will be going to school”, or really when she will go full time, so she can be considered for a senior leadership role, Catherine introduced him to Lucy. After putting both their CVs side by side, he realised the potential in experience he could get by taking both of them on board, and they were put forward to the board as candidates for the CEO role. Lucy tells the story of a long track record of job share successes she has behind her. Most...

Job Sharing Executive Officers at VEWH

Job Sharing Executive Officers at VEWH
Why have one brain when you can have two? The Victorian Environmental Water Holder (VEWH) is making flexibility in the workplace work to its advantage by appointing Dr Sarina Loo and Trent Wallis as executive officers. Sarina and Trent have complementary strengths and extensive industry networks. Sarina has worked with the Department of Environment, Land and Water Planning for 10 years and led the Victorian Waterways Management Strategy while Trent has 15 years’ experience with the Mallee and Corangamite catchment management authorities and has recently driven the Rivers 2040 project under the Victorian Government’s Water for Victoria Plan. VEWH chairperson Denis Flett says they are well suited to working together in a co-management arrangement and the organisation will benefit from their combined skills and experiences. He says, “Sarina brings strengths in leadership, governance, influence and negotiation. She has a sound conceptual and policy understanding of environmental water management and is a strategic thinker and planner. “Trent brings very strong technical skills and a breadth of experience in executive leadership, operational environmental water planning, delivery and budget management. He has strategic catchment planning as well as practical governance experience.” Sarina works Monday to Wednesday and Trent Wednesday to Friday, with Wednesday a critical overlap day to align with internal staff and commission meetings. This arrangement means people can contact either Sarina or Trent about matters because they share joint authority for the role and operate with a joint email account. Sarina says, “On returning from maternity leave I wanted to work three days a week. It’s fantastic that the VEWH has been innovative and supportive of me working flexibly in a...

Job Share Case Study – Students

Job Share Case Study – Students
Gemini3 continually meet job share partners to understand their reasons to job share, the challenges they face and the benefits job share provides them. Below is an example of millennials using job share to accommodate their studies. Sumaya Sava and Helen Giang – Millennial HR Professionals Sumaya and Helen, 3rd year university students’ job shared as recruitment assessors at Hudson Global in 2007. Prior to the job share role, Sumaya and Helen completed internships Hudson while studying Human Resource Management at university. At the end of their internship, Hudson had only full time positions available so they pitched a job share proposal to their manager, detailing how they could share a full time role while studying. As part of the business case, Sumaya and Helen highlighted the skills and experience they had gained through their internship and how the company could benefit from retaining the training and time invested in them. Sumaya and Helen’s job share proposal was a success and they shared the job during the final years of university. They ended the job share position following graduation, when Helen decided to take some time off to travel and Sumaya continued with Hudson and enrolled in an Honours program to get some research experience. The job share opportunity gave Helen and Sumaya valuable practical experience to apply what they were studying at university and develop maturity for the workforce. They were able to learn how to manage teamwork and communication effectively to ensure the job share dynamic ran smoothly. Sumaya and Helen have since established careers within the HR field and still attribute their first job share experience as being...

Job Share Case Study – Entrepreneur

Job Share Case Study – Entrepreneur
Gemini3 continually meet job share partners to understand their reasons to job share, the challenges they face and the benefits job share provides them. Below is an example where one of the partner job shares so she can work part time on her own business. Holly MacCue & Andrean Clarkson – Unilever Holly and Andrean are a newly formed job share partnership at Unilever. Holly is an experienced Brand Manager and also Founder of Future Focus Training & Development, which provides personal leadership coaching and training to empower individuals to shape their own success. Her job share partnership with Andrean allows her to combine her coaching and training business with her passion for brand management. Andrean, a previous employee from London and Sydney, returned to Unilever when she was offered to job share with Holly. The arrangement gives her freedom to spend more time with her two kids and fulfil her volunteer role as a lifesaver with the Australian Surf Life Saving Association. Job share is the solution giving them the flexibility they need; Holly to pursue entrepreneurship and Andrean to care for her children and community. Unilever promotes and demonstrates agile working. In doing so they have attracted and retained talent while increasing skill and gender diversity that adds value to the overall company performance. For more details about Holly’s story you can read this article on the Australian Financial Review: Generation slashie: career fulfillment through greater...

Job Share Case Study – Caring for children

Job Share Case Study – Caring for children
Gemini3 continually meet job share partners to understand their reasons to job share, the challenges they face and the benefits job share provides them. Below are two examples of successful partners who have both decided to job share in order to care for their children. Kath Slack & Angela Dally – Telstra Kath and Angela are corporate lawyers at Telstra and have been job sharing for more than eight years. They started in 2005 at Coles Myer, when Angela was returning from maternity leave and Kath, with three young boys, also needed to work part time. They submitted the idea to the company and agreed on a six-month trial. Clients were extremely supportive and the feedback was so positive, Coles Myer confirmed the joint position. Since then, Kath and Angela have moved to Telstra, submitting their resume together, and are now helping more pairs become successful at Telstra14. In 2014, Telstra announced All Roles Flex, which means flexibility is now considered the starting point for all roles. The aim of the initiative was to adopt a new and disruptive position around mainstreaming flexibility that would amplify productivity benefits, lift engagement, establish a clear market proposition and enable a new way of working, underpinned by technology. The organisation says flexibility can include part-time work, job share, different working hours, or working from different locations, and is practised in different ways across their many types of roles. Lucy Foster and Cynthia Evan – Commonwealth Bank Lucy and Cynthia job shared two Program Management roles in CommBank between 2011-2014. Prior to this, they were working part-time in the same team but felt they could...