The benefits of job rotation

Allowing employees to move into roles in different areas of the company may seem like an inefficient practice and a recipe for confusion. It can, however, offer a company benefits.

According to a recent survey of finance professionals from Robert Half Management Resources, these benefits include giving staff broader exposure to the business, gaining fresh perspectives and enhancing professional development, succession planning, recruitment and retention.

Still, 56 percent of the companies surveyed have yet to put that rotation into practice.

Here are some ways to determine if your company might be ready for this, according to the company:

Employees

Do employees want the ability to move among different business units? A “yes” means employers should look more closely at these opportunities and determine which rotational roles interest workers.

Line managers

Solicit recommendations from your department’s supervisors about potential job rotation candidates. Explain to managers the benefits of bringing in individuals from other parts of the business, and ask about the skills they would look for in these arrangements.

Consultants

Consulting and project professionals offer an external perspective and have observed what has worked at other firms. Tap their insights about how your organization could benefit from this type of program and best practices for implementation.

Network contacts

If your peers outside the company have overseen rotational opportunities, ask them about do’s and don’ts, benefits, and drawbacks.

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