Employers are experimenting with job rotation for its ability to help employees develop new skills and stay motivated. Is it your turn to give this concept a chance in your company? Here are a few things to consider as you make your decision.
The potential benefits
Job rotation may help you identify more of your employees’ skills and talents, so you can better use your personnel to meet the needs of your business. By simply having employees try new positions and responsibilities, you may even uncover some surprising – and valuable – hidden talents.
Additionally, job rotation may contribute to your employees' overall professional development. For example, those who lack experience interacting with clients can learn a lot by meeting with or exchange emails with clients more frequently.
Job rotation may also help improve employee satisfaction and fulfillment. It can help increase employee engagement by providing different tasks and expectations.
The potential candidates
Anyone may be a good candidate for job rotation.
Workforce.com recommends younger professionals as particularly good candidates. Young adults who are sharpening their skills and adding new tools to their professional tool belt will likely welcome the chance to develop new skills they can use later in their career.
The potential challenges
According to a recent study by HumanTech, responses can be mixed when it comes to measuring the success of job rotation.
For example, employees who often change positions may confuse other members of staff. When staff members typically turn to someone specific for certain tasks, they may be confused or frustrated by not knowing where to turn when they’re in need. This can make some tasks more time-consuming and less efficient.
The big decision
Implementing job rotation is a big decision and is not appropriate for every workplace. Before you jump in, you may want to test the waters to see how receptive your employees will be. Consider sending out a survey to all of your employees, inquiring whether they would be interested in the opportunity to work different positions and further develop their professional skills.
This can help you determine whether job rotation would benefit your organization, and identify those most likely to excel in such a program.
You may also consider a trial period or a pilot program. You can then weigh feedback from the participants and staff at large, and adjust your program as necessary.
While job rotation may provide substantial benefits, it’s not for everyone. If you decide to give it a try, weigh the risks and benefits. Identify your best candidates. And stay flexible as you develop your program. From there, the sky’s the limit.