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Job swap A secondment is the temporary transfer of an employee to another section within a department, another department of the organisation or an external organisation. A job swap is effectively a two-way secondment, usually involving employees on similar grades. The purpose of job swapping or shadowing activities is to learn actively from a colleague or partner about their job. Secondments and job swaps offer staff the: chance to develop new skills and knowledge opportunity to take on more challenging responsibilities potential for career development. They contribute to: developing the knowledge and skills base of the workforce developing new ways of working to provide new or improved services improving contact and communication between sections, departments and external organisations. What factors should managers consider when deciding whether to support an employee seeking a job swap? the objectives of the job swap: e.g. transfer of expertise, project assignment, personal/career development the potential benefits to the department/organisation the potential benefits to the employee any adverse effects on service delivery (e.g. current staffing levels, work deadlines); whether the job swap could provide development opportunities for other team members the need to maintain a fair and equitable approach to these opportunities amongst staff.
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