A lateral or horizontal movement involves a change to another department or functional area, often in the same company, without necessary undergoing a change in status or salary. Lateral moves are fast becoming a way of demonstrating adaptive abilities and broadening skills, learning about other areas of the organization, and developing new talents.
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