By SUZANNE ORTON HR Consultant

 

It has been widely reported that today’s employees are placing higher importance on challenge and development within their jobs than just earning potential alone.

In the recent Spring 2017, CIPD Employee Outlook Report it showed that 21% of employees are looking for a job with a different employer and of the reasons given by job-seekers for seeking alternative employment, 28% wanted to start to do a different type of work; 23% to get opportunities for promotion; 20% to gain upward promotion in a different organisation; 19% to learn new things; and 14% to get better training and development.

So with this focus on gaining further learning and development and career progression, what can employers do to provide these opportunities without employees feeling they need to leave the organisation for their ambitions to be realised?

One consideration could be Job Rotation as an integrated approach to your Workforce Strategy. The drivers of Job Rotation when used in this way are to improve job experience & job enrichment, increase interest levels and motivation and ultimately increase productivity through increased levels of employee engagement. This is really about giving you top talent a chance to grow!

Additionally, through a programme like this the organisation will be easily able to identify their future super-stars in each operational area and can link this to future succession plans.

So who’s already doing this?

In September last year, Ryan Holmes, CEO at Hootsuite blogged about a ‘Stretch Program’ that they were piloting.  Ryan described that even despite the organisation scoring highly in annual employee satisfaction surveys, they were still seeing a sizeable staff turnover each year. After reaching out to employees it became apparent that a lot of employees were leaving because they wanted to try something new.  This information lead Ryan into conversations with his HR Team who talked to him about Google’s ‘Bungee Program’, which became the inspiration for the program they developed.

But it’s not just innovative tech companies that are developing these programmes. Job rotation is being used more and more in small and large organisations across all different sectors and the benefits of reducing employee turnover and absenteeism, increasing innovation, efficiency and productivity are being seen across the board!

If your organisation is using job rotations successfully, we’d love to hear more about it. Connect with us to share your story in the comments below or tweet us @FriaryWest.