SO every couple of years we go through this rotation exercise. People are required to list the three areas they wish to work in, with reasons why they've picked those areas.
None of the admins wanted to move – they're all put their current hub/unit/area/department as their number one choice.
However, the BOSS has decided he needs to shake things up. We've just had a bad report, which blames much of it on lack of staff. The Admins are not at fault for the problems identified.
So 2 admins from each department ARE moving
I'm one in mine- I go Jan, and a colleague move a couple of months later.
We have 5 people in our department, one of which has been in post 6 months, and still need a lot of support.
The job is quite wide ranging, with lots of different strands. If we get it wrong there are both legal and/or public safety issues.
I'm moving to a department that wasn't on my list, and I have no idea what it does, but as far as I can tell is basically a lot of data entry, with little decision making. My Manager doesn't know why me or why that department. The Head of Department doesn't know why me or why that department. There has been no explanation, no "we need your particular skills".
My manager is panicking at who is going to keep the spreadsheets working. People have a habit of cocking them up, and every so often I have to tweak and fix. ("Why does that spread sheet have different names to that spreadsheet, and why do neither have the same number as the main system?"). I can fix a problem in 30 minutes or less (5 for the simple stuff), but unless you know how Excel thinks, and its functions (vlookup etc) it's a laborious line by line check/retype.
Also she is losing 2 experienced members of staff, to be replaced by 2 people who don't know the job, so effectively doubling the work load of the 2 experience members left behind (who have been told they WILL rotate in 2017). New instructions come out for an important area of work next month, and that has its annual audit in February…