Job Design

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February 21, 2013
Chapter 4 Essay 2

Job design is the analyzing of jobs to make them more efficient, improve the companies’ performance, and create job satisfaction. One of the four elements of job designs is to make sure the job aligns with the objectives of the company. Another element is making the equipment easier and safer for employees to use. They also want to make the job technology more efficient. The employee’s job satisfaction is the fourth element of job design. These four elements are what the companies are trying to achieve by using job design.

Hackman and Oldham’s job characteristics model can be used for job design to make sure organizations goals are achieved and employees are satisfied with their jobs. They propose that a satisfied employee has better performance, internal motivation, and lower absenteeism. In order to achieve this, an employee must believe his work is meaningful, he must be responsible for the outcomes, and must see the end result.

They believe that using techniques such as job enlargement, job rotation, employee empowerment, and job crafting. Job enlargement is when the tasks and responsibilities of a job are enlarged. More tasks and responsibilities means the employees will feel more meaningful about their jobs. Job rotation is when employees switch jobs from time to time to decrease boredom and repetitiveness. This can be a huge benefit to an employer because the employees will know how to do many different jobs. The employer will have flexible employees who can be utilized in many different ways.

Another technique an employer can use is employee empowerment. This is when the employee’s opinions are listened to and they have more responsibility. This allows them to take risks and try to become innovators. Employee innovation can really increase productivity because they know their jobs the best. It also means they will be responsible for the outcomes of their innovations. Another technique is...
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