Is there such a thing as an “Employee Exchange” Program?

This is a serious question: Is there such a thing as a “Employee Exchange” program?  

I work for a small, entrepreneurial company and think that some of the junior level people on my team may benefit by spending some time getting experience in a different kind of environment.

Does anyone else think this would be a benefit to someone on your team?  I get that it would be tough to send an employee away for a week and take on someone else, but I also see how there could be a ton of value and experience gained by doing something like this for a week.  Think about the insights that someone who spends a week working in a completely different environment would bring back to your team.  Think about how much more impactful it would be to have that person share those experiences with their peers rather than YOU (the boss) telling them how it should be.

If anyone is interested in doing something like this let me know.  I am specifically interested in partnering with a bigger company that has a very fast-paced, meeting driven culture.  In exchange, I could offer a small, DIY, entrepreneurial, get your hands dirty and do it yourself environment.

If you’re interested, leave a comment or connect with me on Twitter: @nealstewart

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