What are micro-assignments?
Micro-assignments are low risk, short-term or part-time collaboration opportunities, often associated with a single project or task.
Approaching these temporary moves with a collaborative One APS mindset is a key principle of the APS Mobility Framework.
The Digital Profession ran a 5 month mobility pilot called oneAPS Opportunities which enabled digital staff across the APS to undertake micro-assignments. It was inspired by gig economy models such as AirTasker. Participants found micro-assignments were easy compared to traditional recruitment.
There are many ways to approach a micro-assignment.
Employees can move locations or it can be completed remotely.
The supervisor and employee will agree on what works best for them
Ness is Raj's Manager. She has heard in one-on-one catchups with him that he would like to explore other parts of government and use his coding skills now and then.
Even though micro-assignments are low risk moves, it is still important to work through the following considerations:
- Who will pay the employee’s salary for the duration of the move?
- Who will sign off on leave requests?
- Who will be responsible for performance reviews?
- Will the employee’s salary advancement be affected?
- Is the employee’s security clearance current and adequate for the role?
- Which agency will fund any necessary training and development?
- Does the temporary move create any conflicts of interest?
- How will communication occur between host and home agency?
- What onboarding processes are required, for example building and system access?
- Which agency is responsible for workplace health and safety?