1. Concept and Brief Description
Job rotation is the moving of employees through a series of job assignments in one or more functional areas. The example given in the book is an employee working for a bank IT program might rotate through six different IT departments to work on a certain project.
2. Emotional Hook (provocative question/claim/real-life problem)
Have you ever participated in job rotation?
What did you learn from it?
How might this benefit the company and employee?
3. Key Points to Elicit in Discussion
When using job rotation as a way to cross train, or fill positions it is important to remember the following:
• Job rotation needs to be used to develop skills as well as gain experience for management careers.
• Employees must understand specifically what skills rotation is to develop.
• The organization needs to use rotation for all levels of employment.
• Job rotation needs to be linked with career management processes so employees know what development needs each assignment addresses.
• The organization needs to manage the timing of rotations to maximize their benefits and minimize the costs.
• All employees need to have equal opportunity for job rotation regardless of their demographic group.
4. Facilitative Questions
Is job rotation sound like something you would want to do as an employee?
How might participating affect your view of your job?