Wondering what is job rotation?
Employees are transferred between two or more tasks or positions at regular intervals in order to expose them to all verticals of a business, which is known as job rotation. It is a deliberate method with the goal of assessing an employee’s abilities and competences in order to place him or her in the appropriate position.
Advantages of job rotation
- Help managers explore the hidden talent: Job Rotation is designed to expose employees to a wider range of operations in order to assist managers in exploring their hidden talent. In the process, they are moved through a variety of assignments so that they can gain awareness about the actual working style of the organization and understand the problems that crop up at every stage. Through this process, managers identify what a particular employee is good at and accordingly he or she is assigned a specific task.
- Identifies knowledge, skills and attitudes: Job Rotation helps managers as well as individuals identify their KSA (Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes). It can be used in determining who needs to improve or upgrade his or skills in order to perform better. This helps in analyzing training and development needs of employees so that they can produce more output.
Disadvantages of rotation
- Can be costly and time consuming
When you move an employee into a new position, there is a learning curve. Employees might need training in order to do their new job. The cost of training employees can be thousands of dollars and take hours.
- It won’t fix all your problems
Job rotation programs aren’t guaranteed to increase employee engagement, so don’t put all your eggs in one basket. If your employees are disengaged at your business, it could be because of other factors.
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Mehreen Tanjim Ridi
Intern at Admin and HR Department