Rotating Staff Coordinator System
The position of Staff Coordinator of the Humane Party rotates among a group of volunteers roughly according to the following schedule:
- Winter Shift: November – January
- Spring Shift: February – April
- Summer Shift: May – July
- Autumn Shift: August – October
Practical realities sometimes prevent the HP from adhering perfectly to this rotation schedule. For instance, a given Staff Coordinator may shorten or lengthen her or his shift on a particular occasion. But the basic schedule remains that depicted above.
Rotating the Staff Coordinator position offers many benefits to the Humane Party, including:
- preserving the all-volunteer nature of the HP
- expanding the range and diversity of leadership skills and approaches
- reducing the likelihood of stagnation
- reducing burnout and fatigue
Modern governments, non-profit organizations, and for-profit businesses employ rotating-responsibility work models in many contexts. For instance, hospitals provide round-the-clock care for patients by rotating doctors and nurses in shifts. Military, police, fire, and security forces stand ready 24 hours per day by virtue of rotations.
The rotating-leadership approach is not strictly a modern innovation; this approach has ancient roots. For instance, Herodotus reports that the ancient Athenians rotated command of the army between approximately ten generals—each shift lasting only one day—during their history-making defense of Greece against invading forces of the Persian Empire.