If You Love Them, Let Them Go: A Comparative Analysis of Rotational Programs and Recommendations for the Homeland Security Enterprise [open pdf - 1009KB]
From the thesis Abstract: "Rotational programs--whereby employees temporarily work within a different part of an organization to gain new skills and knowledge--have become the rage across the country. Benefits of these programs in the private sector include continual learning, agility in job skills, and a 'try before you buy' approach to job satisfaction for both the employee and employer. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has implemented two rotational programs; however, these initiatives are in the early stages of implementation, and their effectiveness remains unclear. To identify opportunities for optimization, this thesis draws upon the work of Campion and Griffiths to analyze case studies from mature federal rotational programs within the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community and determines the benefits and challenges of each. Based on these findings, it investigates to what degree DHS can leverage best practices from these programs to strengthen its workforce, augment the effectiveness of the program design, and fulfill the mission of the programs. Ultimately, DHS has opportunities to improve on key elements, such as inclusivity, encouraging participation through credits and incentives, ensuring a strong foundation for the program, and developing a continual review process through metrics, data collection, and review."
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