Infographic: The Rise of Rotational Assignments 05.1.2016 | Jennifer Connell

Companies have been relying on temporary assignments for several years now, as they help them meet short-term business objectives and retain employees who are reluctant to permanently relocate.

However, as competition for the most highly-skilled workers intensifies, companies are using temporary assignments in a more strategic way — to fuel their talent pipeline.

Rotational assignments are becoming one of the more commonly used types of temporary moves, with nearly one-third (32%) of companies responding to our annual survey syaing their rotational volume will likely increase.

Rotational assignments are defined as a series of two or more assignments, typically short in duration, upon completion of which, an employee typically settles into a final, permanent location. The selection process is often rigorous, and companies focus on candidates who anticipate staying with the company long-term and possess the ability to transfer skills and experience learned on assignment back into the company.

For employees, rotational assignments present an opportunity to establish a career plan with one company, gain exposure to other areas of the business, and increase their value as “high-potentials.”

Below is our infographic on rotational programs with data you’ll be sure to find interesting.


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Written by Jennifer Connell


Jennifer Connell, SCRP, SGMS-T, is Practice Leader with Weichert’s Advisory Services group. She has over 23 years of experience in the workforce mobility and employee benefits industries and received Worldwide ERC’s Distinguished Service Award in 2017. She has also spoken on workforce mobility topics at industry conferences throughout North America.

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