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Jobshare at Unilever: a striking concept

Source | LinkedIn | Alexandra heinrichs

At Unilever DACH we were always proud of our jobshare model – it was and is a great offer, especially for working mothers who do not want to choose between family and career. This is one of the reasons why we have already achieved a 50% share of women in management. But why should the model only work for mothers? Why not think further? We’ve already seen Jobshare couples where one partner used the free time to start her own consulting firm – immersing herself in another world and learning many new things. 

Now we are taking it to the next level: Since September we have our first “mixed” jobshare!

The starting point was the decision of an experienced HR professional in his forties to take life-long learning seriously. René Müller, my HR Director for the supply chain in DACH, applied to the Berlin “Code University” to study software engineering. As a line manager, I had some sleepless nights because I did not want to lose him as a co-worker. I was relieved to hear that he wanted to work part-time and be open to a job share. However, we had already started recruiting a successor – and found Marlin. Marlin and René got to know each other during the application process and found out in the process and found out they had the opportunity to work as a job share.

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