What are rotational assignments and how can they benefit my company?

What are rotational assignments and how can they benefit my company?

Rotational assignments offer a great way to meet mobility and talent management goals. Client Relations Director John Boes takes a look in this Relo Tip Tuesday.


Complete transcript: “Hi, my name is John Boes and I’m a client relations manager here at Plus Relocation.  Today we are going to briefly explore the who, what, where, why, and when of rotational assignment programs.

As mobility and talent management tend to be drawing closer together within organizations there is a known program where these two functions tend to be tied at the hip, namely rotational assignment programs.  Rotational assignment programs are designed to give employees experience in different work environments and exposure to different job duties that will further challenge them to develop themselves.

Rotational assignments can be leveraged to promote company culture, fill skill gaps by bringing in talent for cross functional support, transfer knowledge and best practices, develop high-potential employees and manage client or internal work projects.  Employee selection criteria, specific location, job experience and duration can all be customized to meet the needs of each company’s program.  These can either be domestic rotations within a single country or cross-border rotations that touch two, three, or even up to four different countries.

Rotational assignments are designed to be a series of consecutive short term assignments with a duration of 3-6 months in each location.  Support most companies provide for rotational assignments is very similar to what is provided for short term assignments: immigration tax assistance, international medical coverage and emergency assistance, housing and utilities, local transportation, cost of living allowance, and possibly a small shipment.  Rotational assignment programs have a host of benefits for companies including enhanced employee retention, improved employee engagement, increased leadership capabilities and a better, more meaningful shared culture.

We expect to see more employees and companies involved in rotational assignments both today and well into the future.  Thank you for watching.”

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