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Internal mobility can be a source of focused growth and development for deserving candidates in an organisation. Most HR managers think the same as it helps to hedge the risk of bringing in new talent, training them in the company culture, and ensuring they stick around for more than 1-3 years. Thus, what makes internal mobility a game changer in retaining top talent are such elements it consists of. 

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What makes internal mobility a game changer in retaining top talent?

  • A mode to transform the skills of your people.

Convert your average talent into subject matter experts with internal talent mobility programs. They can work on more challenging projects and tasks. Allow them to learn how new and different things are done or how previous things are done differently for a new project. 

Either way, this helps a talented person to expand their perspective and horizon of knowledge and expertise. They can learn more ways of delivering challenging projects within stringent deadlines, for example, and that too without compromising the quality. 

  • Preparing the existing talent for leadership roles. 

A smart internal mobility program helps to prepare your existing people for leadership roles in the future. Let them know in advance that you are going to promote them with a new role or designation. 

Let them know what you expect them to achieve in the coming months. Discuss the new KRAs and KPIs in great detail and length. This can be a roadmap for the existing talent to carve an agile learning and growth path for themselves and hold leadership roles with more dignity, integrity, and influence. 

  • Set the on-the-job training in action without taking time off.

Internal mobility is a game-changer for the staff to get on-the-job training without having to apply for leaves or sabbaticals. They can take on new projects or work around with different team members for the time being. 

This process allows them to get exposure to new verticals of the organisation and decide for themselves if they want to permanently switch to another position with higher growth prospects within the same firm. 

  • Highlight the achievements of the undermined talent. 

When HR managers are considering a candidate for internally mobilising them for certain roles or projects, they do their best in finding the deserving candidates and their achievements. 

Moreover, high-performers get more recognition for doing different and difficult projects under the mobility programs rolling in the organisation. 

This approach helps both the TA specialists and high-performers to get timely recognition, praise, appreciation, and appraisals for their heroic efforts. 

  • Spot the underdogs in your firm and give them the recognition they deserve. 

This point is related to the previous point. However, we focus on spotting the underdogs of the firm. Most times, these people do not get their due recognition. But most times, they are responsible for channelling the team and departmental growth of the organisation from behind the ranks or helm. 

When the internal mobility programs roll on, HR managers also find the most underrated people in their firm. They find the ones with the influence on others at any given time. 

They can spot them through the 9-box grid to know who is the hero, star, high achiever, smart and hard worker, etc., in the team or the organisation. 

This way, such people get the right opportunity to showcase their talent in front of everyone and get the recognition they deserve at senior positions with more power and authority to drive the change. 

  • Fill challenging and strategic roles economically. 

We can say that internal mobility is a game-changer for reasons like it fills the most challenging roles first, even if it is for the time being. It helps HR managers or TA specialists in the organisation to fill these positions with the most deserving and close fit candidate and then hire from outside for the least impactful or complex role. 

This is a smart strategy to nurture the talent that already exists and hire the one that would need time to adjust to the culture. 

  • Reorganise the talent surplus to tackle the talent crisis on time. 

Internal mobility programs let you reorganise the talent within the organisation from one department to another. 

It means if there is a surplus of talent within one department, recruiters of the firm might consider shifting some of them to another department or team for the time being. 

This will resolve the pressure of closing the vacancy for now and help the recruiter to find the best talent from outside meanwhile. 

  • Boost job involvement and satisfaction for an employee. 

High performers are always on the lookout for working for everyone’s growth, especially theirs in the organisation. They are hungry for new roles, challenges, and projects. They want to establish themselves and make a mark in the organisation as change-makers and trailblazers. 

They are able to do so when HR managers spot them with the help of their performance charts, timelines, increments, previous projects and other relevant data in the people analytics of the HRMS we provide. 

When reporting and talent, managers assign them new roles; they are excited to perform well. They will do their best to generate more output and this is a great opportunity for them to connect to the organisation more emotionally and with pride to satisfy their personal needs to grow in their career at a certain pace. 

In fact, an organisation as a unit also gets the chance with internal mobility programs to create, build, and nurture loyalists at every level. 


We read and explored 8 points to learn how is internal mobility a game changer in retaining top talent. If you also agree to this checklist and want to explore one of your own, it’s time to implement a modern and flexible applicant tracking system or recruitment engine in your firm. 

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FAQs on Internal Mobility as a Game Changer

Can internal mobility work in small organisations with limited opportunities?

Yes, even in smaller organisations, internal mobility can be tailored to fit available opportunities, fostering growth and retention.

Does internal mobility lead to talent hoarding within teams?

Effective internal mobility programs ensure fairness and transparency, preventing talent hoarding and promoting equitable opportunities for all.

How does internal mobility impact employee loyalty?

Internal mobility signals a commitment to employees' growth, fostering loyalty by providing a clear path for career advancement within the organisation.

Is internal mobility relevant in remote work scenarios?

Yes, internal mobility can be facilitated in remote work settings through virtual skill development programs and cross-functional collaboration.

Can internal mobility address skills gaps within the organisation?

Yes, by encouraging employees to acquire new skills and move into roles that align with their strengths, internal mobility helps address skills gaps effectively.

Does internal mobility negatively impact team stability?

Balanced internal mobility programs consider team stability, ensuring a smooth transition and backfilling roles to maintain overall team effectiveness.

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