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Is job rotation really difficult or not possible? My mind was rotating around this question since so many days. Now I took time  to put my thoughts on job rotation which is one of the human resource management activity through this blog.

Job Rotation is a management activity where employees are shifted between two or more jobs at regular intervals of time in order to expose them to all verticals of an organization

We often see associates working for a same project for years and years. Even they get promoted to higher levels during that period.But still they will be doing the monotonous work which is not at all relevant to their designations and which does not help in any way for their career growth.

Why the job rotation policy is not applied for the associates? 🙁


If the employee is not given a chance to work on different projects/domains then how can his/her performance be evaluated?

What will be there to evaluate again on same technologies and domain?


The account might be benefited with having such associates who has gained confidence from the client/customer. But what about employee growth and aspirations? Does anybody think about job rotation for these employees? 😐


Why can’t the employee be replaced with other person who can see the application or product with fresh mind and bring new ideas which in turn a benefit to the organization. 🙂

  • First let me tell about job rotation. Job rotation is system that rotates the employees around different projects(in case of IT) of the company. It is the redistribution or relocation of the employees within the same firm or organization. By rotating jobs, the employees will be able to experience different projects/domains across the  company and be able to learn various skills. This exposure will make  employees to attain a variety of skills in order to enhance job satisfaction .Although this does not allow them from developing specialized skillset, it will enable them to learn many functional aspects and understand the company as a whole.
Studies shows benefits for using job rotation.
  • I would like add one more example here. We also see the associates working at onsite for number of years on a same project. There should be job rotation for the associates working at onsite so that other team members would get an opportunity to interact  with the customer  and get to know about client expectations and management . By this way their aspiration also will be fulfilled. Again, it depends on the manager to bring the same confidence in customer for the new resource also.
In today’s rapid change in technology,  job rotation will help the  employees  to acquire new and updated skills  and  keep up with changing skill requirements in the industry. This kind of retraining within the firm also insures employees against the uncertainty of skills required in future settings. Time to think!    

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  1. Kumar S

    Hi Praveen,

    Its purely based on employee satisfaction and his interest 🙂 .

    An employee working in management related activities will become master if he get knowledge in many verticals (rotation perspective) of organization.

    But as a technical worker, one employee will become master when he is in one path (you can change projects/ verticals). Whenever he is moving to different technology, it may be interesting, but he is the starter in that technology, so technical restarting with technology satisfaction.

    Job rotation shows growth for the unique tech-path. What u say 😎 .

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  2. praveen srivastava Post author

    Hi Kumar Sunny,

    You are absolutely correct but what i stated in my post is not specific to technical or management level .It will be applicable right from lower level to upper level so as to increase performance and skill growth as well 🙂 ,

    Please elaborate on this !!

    Regards ,

    Praveen Srivastava

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  3. Ivan Marconato

    Hi,

    job rotation is a great opportunity for the employees of a company.
    It has many advantages including
    Allows to have more qualified people in more areas and therefore closer to the business
    Gratifies of staff to making daily activities less repetitive
    Improves ability to work in teams (team working)
    The disadvantage would be the loss of expertise in a distinctive area
    In my point of view, this method of work is rewarding for both employees and the company.

    Cheers

    Ivan

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  4. Naveen Kumar

    Hi Praveen,

    In My opinion,Changing the organisation for every two years is well and good.Since they can learn a lot in SAP, from various projects ,make sure that they should not change their domain.If we sit in one organisation for a long time for the same projects, skills will not get develop as well as package and Designation…

    If my words are correct ….Please make a comment

    Regards,

    NK

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  5. shamala mary

    hi praveen,

       Good thought. appreciable 🙂

    But it has its own advantages and disadvantage too.
    Advantage: Can explore in all areas.
    Disadvantage: If Job rotation is frequent cant be expertise in any areas,
                          but that to depends on the individual interest.

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    1. praveen srivastava Post author

      Yes shamla…you are correct to some extent , but if you consider for overall growth of individual and organisation, this practice is highly recommended 

      😉

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      1. Rama K Reddy

        Job Rotation could be helpful especially in management example: handling projects, handle difficult situations, managing project cutover activities, managing resources, Mentoring people, Training materials documentation.leading teams, project preperations.etc..

        When It comes to the technology , it could be slightly difficult on the day one, end of the day it’s not a rocket science but again expertise is the matter especially in today’s competitive world. When we change jobs in technology , I think there should some leisure period to upgrade and sacrifice required in the beginning . Risk is that the provided solution may not be 100% right and may be involved some struggle.

        Thanks for sharing the information.

        Thanks

        Krishna

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