Stretch assignment is a task or project given to employees which is beyond their current knowledge or skills level in order to “stretch” employees developmentally. It goes beyond the job description, challenges the employee’s current skills, and requires them to learn one or more new skills. It places the employees into uncomfortable situations in order to learn and grow.
Bersin (by Deloitte), “Stretch Assignment.” Online: http://www.bersin.com/Lexicon/details.aspx?id=14750 (Retrieved on August 8, 2014)
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