Sharing the secret of our success
Lucy and Cynthia job share the role of Program Director for the retirement project. It’s an arrangement that they know benefits CommBank, and has potential to change the lives of many other employees, especially women.
For Cynthia, job sharing can open up a lot more opportunities for people who wouldn't take on a role full time:
“It’s an avenue to allow women in our situation – raising and wanting to raise families – to be able to grow professionally and not be sidelined. It’s very different from the approach of ‘Have your family and come back when you’re ready to commit all your life and energy to work again’. At CommBank we have commitment to, passion and support for women to do this and as a result we can have the best of both worlds.”
Lucy agrees, “It’s one of the reasons I joined CommBank in the first place; because I knew they were open to flexible working. I can develop my career, spend time at home and I get to be a role model – not only for others at work, but more importantly for my daughters. I’m showing them you can do whatever you want if you put your mind to it.
“It’s the ultimate solution for the working mother of the future. It’s allowed me to get to where I always wanted to get to, career-wise and at home, however it’s not limited to women. I genuinely believe anyone can job share any role. In fact by not allowing job share arrangements organisations can lose a large amount of talent; people who don't want to work full time or who work part-time but are not fulfilled by the roles available will leave.”
For Cynthia the partnership has had other benefits. “It’s almost like a second marriage!” she says.
"It’s also given me a huge confidence boost, just knowing I can take on an important role and succeed in it, even though we’re coming in and out of the workforce. For us, the success we’ve demonstrated means we’re comfortable to tackle even bigger challenges on a job share basis. That personal growth is critical, plus my kids can see me in a fulfilling role – they see a confident happy parent.”
Cynthia Evans and Lucy Foster
Program Director, Wealth Management
Finding the opportunities in setbacks
“When I wasn’t promoted to Customer Service Manager the first time I applied I was devastated. Being young and ambitious, I’d always been impatient to progress and had a self-imposed timetable to meet!”
Alana Niebozynski, Branch Manager, knows the importance of honest feedback to balance the pressure young professionals can put on themselves to succeed early. “My manager explained to me how spending longer in a supervisory role would allow me to gain a more complete understanding of it, and allow me to better manage a wider range of people in the future.
“I’ve constantly had leaders who helped me understand these setbacks and see the opportunities they presented. I’ve appreciated their ability to give me the tough feedback when it was needed.”
Alana realises every career has its challenges. “Through our Endeavour Program, I met executives who’ve done amazing things. When you’re young, and aspiring to be like the successful executives you’ve met, I guess you think they’ve never put a foot wrong. But they talked about their own disappointments and tough times.
“It was inspirational to hear how they overcame their setbacks. It’s great when leaders can be honest about themselves and their challenges. It’s a big help to younger professionals like me.”
Alana Niebozynski, Branch Manager