Management Fix: Temporary Employee Rotation

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This week’s “Temporary Employee Rotation” is one of the most exciting and useful solutions.

By definition, temporary employee rotation is a human resources strategy where companies move employees around to various jobs within the organization. (1)

Instead of locking workers into a single job category with a specific career trajectory, companies are moving workers through a variety of positions within departments or teams. Job rotation is a way to motivate key employees, broaden their skill sets and, most importantly, hold onto them. It also gives employers the comfort of knowing there’s someone who can quickly fill an ailing or departing coworker’s shoes. (2)

Employers use this strategy for several reasons, like:
1. Employee Learning: rotation making employees more versatile and gives employees a broader understanding of the business allowing them to be better prepared to be promoted to management
2. Employer Learning: using job rotation, employers can learn their individual worker’s strengths, and employers receive a flexible and knowledgeable workforce that could be sourced throughout the company or agency.
3. Employee Motivation: rotation reduces boredom, and more knowledge of the company as a whole may lead to more promotions. (3)

To summarize this strategy comes with the following benefits, like:
- Job rotation offers staff exposure to different business areas
- Job rotation provides fresh perspectives on existing roles
- Job rotation accelerates professional development
- Job rotation strengthens succession planning
- Job rotation enhances recruiting and retention (4)

Usual Suspects

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Have a nice week and remember…
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Eduardo Espinheira is a Consultant, Facilitator, Manager, Public Speaker, Creator of the Management Bugs&Fixes and the Machiavellian PM Stories

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