Rotation helps careers take off across Europe

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Rotation helps careers take off across EuropeOn 18 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Canon’spilot study to develop a more consistent method for assessing its Europeanmanagers has led to increased job rotation.CanonEurope’s head of HR Bill McQueen explained that the main driver for overhaulingits assessment system was the need to address career planning moreprogressively.Hesaid, “We identified a willingness among managers to relocate acrossEurope. We found that people wanted more job variety and rotation.”Canon,which manufactures cameras and office equipment, met this demand by placing theCVs of its European managers on a database which resulted in greater jobrotation. McQueensaid, “In the past three months we have relocated 35 senior managersacross Europe.”Thejob rotation also gives the managers the benefit of networking within thecompany, claimed McQueen. He said, “Managers can learn how differentbusinesses work and how to deal with people in a multiculturalenvironment.”Thepilot assessment scheme has been rolled out to over 100 managers across Europe.Onearea to benefit from the job rotation system has been the strategic corporatecentre in Stockley Park, Uxbridge. The centre, responsible for a range ofstrategic activities such as finance and IT, has 50 per cent of the staffmanaged on a rotational basis.McQueensaid, “This has enabled us to staff the centre with people with a goodtrack record of intellectual capital and experience. It has helped us create aknowledge centre.”Thenext stage for Canon is to put the copies of personal development plans forsenior managers online, claimed McQueen at the 33rd HR Conference in Barcelonaearlier this month.Canonemploys 81,000 people worldwide and had consolidated sales of $26bn last year.www.canon.comByKaren Higginbottomlast_img