Whether your business is large or small, it is likely that at some time, or another you will find yourself with an employment opening for a critical position. One that your company just can’t function without. When this happens most people look at internal promotions or outside recruitment to fill theses space.
Ignoring the option of sending an employee from another arm of the business to help out. However, this is a mistake as there can be a lot of advantages, as well as some disadvantages of using secondment to fill your critical role. Read on to find out more.
Yes – You know and trust the person
Firstly, secondment can work well over employing someone from the outside. This is because the decision makers in your company will already know and trust the person that they choose.
They have seen their track record, so will have a good idea of how capable and competent they will be going forward. This is useful because it removes the element of risk from the appointment.
Of course, secondments are also useful for the person that is assigned a new role too. As it allows the, to try something different, gain experience for their resume, and still return back to their original position once the duration is up.
No – Relocation can be an issue
However, secondments do present their own selection of problems. One of the most major of these is that in many cases the person appointed will be expected to relocate.
Obviously, this can have a huge effect on them and their family. As packing up everything and moving to another part of the country, or even the world is a pretty big deal.
Luckily, you can sweeten this part of the deal by offering corporate furnished apartments for them. These are apartments that are high end and can be moved into the straight away.
This means appointee won’t have to worry about finding a home, decoration, or getting the electricity, or internet connected either. This can make a move a lot smoother, as well as minimizing the property investment risk for the person concerned, and so can positively influence their decision-making process.
Yes – The person already has link and relationships in the business
Now on to another important benefit of seconding someone that already works for your company over employing someone new. This benefit is that they will already have links and relationships that they have forged within the business.
This is good because they are able to hit the ground running, and you won’t have the initial delay while everyone gets to know each other.
Yes – It’s good for temporary posts
It is also important to note that one of the benefits of offering a secondment position is that it can work particularly well for finite projects.
For example, if you have a new premises to step up it may be easier to second a manager from another branch to do this and get everything up and running successfully. Before returning them to their own branch and employing a new manager to keep things ticking over.