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February 09, 2017
Designing and implementing a job rotation program
By: Glenn Parker

Amena Aboud, an engineering graduate from Syria, moved to the United States in search of a job. Initially she found short-term project work through a contractor based in Washington, DC. For the first several months, Amena found it interesting and challenging to work for different employers on a variety of projects. She also met several other young people and improved her language skills, especially her understanding of American slang. However, after a year and a half, Amena realized that contingent work did not provide the career advancement she desired. As a result, she began to search for full-time employment where she could learn about corporate business, build a long-term career, and increase her project management skills.

While some people enjoy the freedom associated with contract work, many workers, especially recent workforce entrants, would prefer to work full-time for one company. These workers like employment security and benefits, coupled with the opportunity to get a close-up view of business operations and a personalized career planning process that may include rotational assignments in different departments that provide skill development and exposure to many management styles.

A job rotation program can support the new workforce’s desire for a supportive culture where they can work collaboratively with a variety of people on a variety of projects that may also break down the obstacles that often exist in functional silos. However, as a manager, it is critical to understand not only the trends driving the appeal of job rotation programs but also the advantages and disadvantages of job rotation, the elements that are essential for the development and implementation of a successful program, and other options that both appeal to employees and benefit the organization.

Do you have the background, experience, and knowledge base to develop and implement a job rotation program that helps recruit and retain the new workforce, create cross-trained teams, offer personalized career paths, and promote multidisciplinary collaborative teaming? The Accenture Academy courses Job Rotation Programs for the New Workforce, Advantages and Disadvantages of Job Rotation Programs, and How to Implement a Successful Job Rotation Program for the New Workforce will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and tools to deal with all of these issues.

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