The Right Way to Change Departments Within Your Company

Switching departments at your current employer can be a tricky proposition. On the one hand, you want to do a good job so that you’ll catch the eye of the other department head. On the other hand, you don’t want your current manager to think you don’t care about your current role.

The best way to make the switch is to walk your boss through the transition in a way that makes them feel comfortable. Consider the following tips on how to do just that.

Do your best in your current job

Even though you’re planning for a move to a different position, you still need to do good work just in case the move falls through. Therefore, your existing projects and current obligations still should be your top priorities.

Continuing to crush it in your current job will pay massive dividends when the job you’re interested in opens up. Additionally, good work will earn the respect of your current supervisor, making them more prone to wish you the best if you do move on to a different department.

Have a specific, available job in mind

It can be exciting when you see work in another department you really want to do. However, switching over to take on those tasks is much more likely if there is a specific job available for you. If you find out that the supervisor you want to work for is currently looking for someone with your background, it’s easier to let management know you are looking to switch, as opposed to saying you’d like to switch departments.

Focus on benefit for the company

It’s best to let your boss know you are seeking a job in another department before they hear it through the grapevine. Approach your supervisor about setting up a meeting outside of your regular meeting schedule. If you do try to discuss it in one of your regular meetings, your decision may not get the attention it deserves.

Once you do sit down, mention how your switch will benefit the organization. Making your potential switch about the company, and not you, will make it easier for your boss to buy into your move.

Offer to help with the transition

If you’ve been done well enough to get the attention of another department manager, you’ve probably been doing a good job and that means it will be hard for your current boss to let you go. Offering to train your replacement is a good way to avoid causing problems or burning a bridge with your current supervisor.

As you get ready to make the move, be sure to wrap up all your work and leave your colleague in a good position moving forward.

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