Saturday, October 6, 2007

Disadvantage of Job Rotation

Possible problems with rotation programs
1) Costs

*Cost associated with the initial the learning curve on new jobs, including time spent learning, training costs and errors that employees often make while learning a new job.

*Costs in term of the satisfaction and motivation of other employees who aren't rotating. (non-participant jealousy).

*Increase department costs to pay rotations.

*Increase amount of management time spent on lower level employees.

*Result in significant administrative costs for operating the JRP.

*"Star" rotations may leave if they don't get promoted or get enough money at the end of the rotation.

*Some rotations get the training and then leave.
2) Lack of input / control

*No assessment or poor assessment of rotations.

*Employees rotated too fast/ slow and the individual can not slow down the rate.

*Fixed duration of rotations without an option to shorten, lengthen or make permanent can frustrate advanced rotations.

*Decrease retention rate and negative morale if the rotation is not managed correctly.

*Job rotation may increase the work load and decrease the productivity for the rotating employees manager and for other employees.
3) Nor rewarding

*Expectation of promotion / salary increase at the end.

*No incentive for manager to support this program.

*No measurement or reward for managers that develop their employees.
4) Difficult to select

*Don't have the right set of criteria for selection.

*Different criteria are needed for rotations then for normal jobs.

*People that select are not part of the rotation.

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