Most of us feel that career progression is upwards. However, lateral moves can be a stepping stone to one’s career. In a lateral move, an employee moves to an equivalent role in an organization or another organization, usually with a similar salary range and a job title at the same level. The employee’s job responsibilities can change providing an employee new opportunities.
According to the HBR May 15, 2016 article “Don’t Underestimate the Power of Lateral Career Moves for Professional Growth” illustrates that lateral moves can help in professional development by giving employee a chance to expand their skills and network with a new circle of employees and customers.