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Job Rotation


Report to XYZ Co.

Prepared by Dan MacLeod

and Eric Kennedy



There are many reasons for implementing a job rotation system including the potential

for increased product quality, employee satisfaction and lower cumulative trauma

disorder rates. However, the difficulties of changing the organizational structure of an

entire facility can prove difficult. It is important that the program start slowly at first so

that the program can be further refined before being implemented elsewhere. This report

contains recommendations for making job rotation as beneficial and as straight forward

as possible. Contained within this document are:

Background Information

• Pros and Cons of Job Rotation

• Practical Implications of Job Rotation

• OSHA Guidelines

The Program

• Program Goals

• Steps of the Program

Detailed Guidance

• Who Decides Job Rotations

• How are Jobs Matched for Rotation

• How Often are Jobs Rotated

• Implementation

The background information is based on a review of the current knowledge base related

to job rotation. The detailed guidance is based on both that review and the experience of

the authors. This guidance should be viewed as a starting point for further discussion by

plant personnel.

Establishing a rotation system which properly determines job rotations and monitors their

safe use is not a simple task. There are many issues to consider and no official protocol or

methodology to call upon. The successful implementation of such a program requires

Page 1 teamwork from all parts of the organization including: management, union, nurses,

ergonomics monitors, and especially line employees.

Background Information

Pros and Cons of Job Rotation

A number of studies address the positive impact of variation and pauses during work, but

few studies have dealt with actual job rotation 1. However, several job...
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