All you need to know about Job Rotation

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Job Rotation is a process in which employees work at different kind of profiles in an office for a short period of time, thus getting an experience of all the spheres of work. Job Rotation is a systematic movement of employees from one job to another within the organisation to achieve various human resources objective such as orienting new employees, training employees, enhancing career development and preventing job boredom.

To reduce dependency

In case the employee leaves the job on a short notice, and there is a gap between getting a new employee for that profile, in that case, an already existing employee can take up the job responsibility till the time a new employee is being appointed. Thus managing the losses which can occur due to the vacant position.

Reducing the boredom and monotony involved in one kind of profile for a longer period of time

It provides an opportunity to employees to learn a different kind of skills and motivates them to perform well in each sphere. It can also help the employee to find a profile which is best suited to him as per his skill and interest, thus increasing the chance of his longevity in the organisation and getting the attrition rate down for the company.

Succession Planning

Job rotation helps the management to easily find out the replacement for a particular position in case of retirement of leave of an employee. It creates a pool of skills and experience for an immediate replacement of senior level. Thus minimising the losses to the organisation arising due to the vacant position at the senior level.

Right man at the Right Place

The success of any position depend on the increased productivity of an employee, if they are rightly placed as per their skill and experience they will likely to perform better and give maximum output. So by rotating the job,  top management can easily find out the right skill for a particular position.

Employees get a knowledge and experience in all Verticals

The advantage of job rotation is to expose the employees in the deeper operations in all spheres of an organisation, thus giving an opportunity to the employees to know: how the company operates and tasks are performed at all levels in the organisation and understanding the various issues that come across while working. Thus minimising the interdepartmental conflicts arising due to lack of knowledge of the process and working of another department.

Chances of Promotion Increases

By rotating the job, an employee gets the opportunity to learn about the various departments thus giving him a chance to increase his profile. In a way, he is able to understand the challenges involved in various departments like a person at the senior level. This will lead to providing him with the better chances of future growth in terms of promotion, rather than getting the person from the outside.

However, there is some drawback involved with the same as well, like some positions may not be suitable for rotation. There may be spheres that require technical know-how which is not available with everyone; hence in that case job rotation is not possible, as it will involve the cost involved in training the employees. Another problem is that some works very much get used to their regular profile that they don’t want to get out of it; hence switching them from their regular profile may lead to demonization of employee morale.

Whether benefits and drawback, the organisation and employees can decide to surely go in for the job rotation if the nature of the position allows since it gives a lot of opportunities to the employees to grow within an organisation.