A backfill is a practice of hiring an employee to fill a position that has recently become vacant. When an employee take leave from the company or changes its position within the same organization, that employee’s previous role must be filled by someone new. Backfilling is used in both large corporations and smaller businesses.
When organizations successfully fill vacancies quickly, it minimizes stress on current employees who are covering additional workloads and ensures business continuity. This also improves employee morale and employee retention and makes organizations more agile in meeting current and future changes in business needs.
Backfilling also has a lot of advantages to the company as it helps in facilitating cross-skilling and deals with the problem of succession planning. Many companies often have little or no succession plans, and backfilling is a useful option for getting people already working in a related field or those willing to learn. This saves time and money spent on training.
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