• Tips for Maximizing Your Rotational Program

    Spotlight for Recruiting Professionals
    October 16, 2013

    Your rotational program should provide new hires with a broader perspective of your organization than may be available within a single department or job. In some cases, these programs also give your new hires the opportunity to discover where they best fit in your organization now or where they can aspire to in the future. Some tips for maximizing your rotational program—both for your new hires and for your organization—include:

    • Taking time to develop your vision of the program, how you plan to execute the program, the value proposition for the student and your company, and what the key performance indicators will be for the program.
    • Ensuring program size, structure, and duration meet your organization's needs. One size does not fit all.
    • Choosing a duration long enough for the participants to learn the business, but not so long that it discourages new graduates from participating.
    • Gaining support for your program from your organization's leaders by encouraging them to give their time, insight, perspective, recognition, and feedback.
    • Developing a reporting hierarchy that is clear to participants and others in the organization.
    • Adding a mentoring aspect to further support program participants and identify and develop future company leaders.
    • Bolstering your program further by providing professional networking, leadership and professional development, team building, community involvement, and other elements that your program participants value.
    • Establishing clear expectations for your rotational program participants, and providing regular feedback and coaching on the employees' strengths and areas of opportunity.
    • Soliciting feedback and insight from program participants during the employee review process to gauge your program's effectiveness.
    • Monitoring, changing, and improving your program as necessary to respond to changing business, organization, and participant needs.