Born out of a desire to pursue flexibility and build upon her own portfolio career, Sarah Liu along with two co-founders embraced the concept of job sharing technology and launched Gemini3, Australia’s first and largest job sharing destination designed to create, fill and sustain opportunities for both employees and employers.
So what does it mean for those wanting to job share and how does Gemini3 work?
For employees, job share allows significant career growth while maintaining family, lifestyle or entrepreneurial commitments.
For employers, job share is a proven method to increase staff retention, talent pool, productivity and business continuity.
Through the propriety algorithms, Gemini3 is designed to “match to optimise” job sharing partners and “make the pair more productive.”
Deborah asks Sarah if Gemini3 is designed for any particular demographic.
“The desire for flexibility and hence appetite for job share is cross-generational and cross gender,” said Sarah. “Contra to people’s belief that it’s for returning to work mums.”
According to the research conducted by Sarah and her team, the motivations for seeking job share opportunities include:
- Lifestyle choices
- Transition to retirement
- Entrepreneurial pursuits
- Carer responsibility
Gemini3 5 Reasons to Job Share
Job share is an underutilised arrangement often put in the “too hard basket”. The following five reasons to job share showcase how its benefits easily overcome its barriers.
- Offers real flexibility
Job share partners typically work three days each and have one day of hand over. One of the biggest advantages of job share is that the work continues while you are away. Unlike many part time, you do not need to spend additional time catching up when you return to work.
- Opens flexible senior roles
The more senior the role, the harder it is to make it part time as the employee needs to be continuously present and often manage full time employees. Job share is the only arrangement allowing senior roles to have full time continuity and offering career development opportunities for employees.
- Gives opportunity to learn and share
No other flexible options offer the ability to create a diverse partnership. When companies take the time to match job share partners based on their complementary skills set and diversity of thinking, it allows both employees to learn and grow together by sharing ideas and challenges.
- Increases productivity of roles
Job share has been proven to increase the productivity of a role by 30%*. This is possible by matching complementary skills and having two brains thinking differently about the challenges. Job share partners are also more focused and energised at work since they are only there for three days.
- Offers continuity and support
Job share partners often develop a great relationship and become very loyal to each other and the company. Partners often support each other during difficult times when the need for flexibility becomes really important.
*Capability Jane, job share research, 2013
About Sarah Liu
Sarah Liu is the founder of The Dream Collective and Little Girl Big Dream, Australia’s leading networks connecting and developing high calibre young professional women.
Sarah is an entrepreneur, brand strategist, author speaker and advocate for women in leadership. She was the Silver Winner of the International Stevie Awards for Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year and an Australian Women’s Weekly Women of the Future nominee.
Sarah began her entrepreneurial journey at the age of 24 and founded The Dream Collective, co-founded Gemini3 and authored two top-selling books.
Last year, Sarah published her second book “The World We See – Leadership Lessons from Australia’s Iconic Change Makers” which is a collection of short stories and inspirational advice from 33 CEOs and senior managers.
The Dream Collective has helped to advance the career of 1200 emerging female leaders since its launch.
Born in Taiwan, raised in New Zealand, educated in Japan and now working in Australia, Sarah is a true global citizen.