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Job design

Job design

Job design is how tasks or jobs are organised to ensure they are well-matched to employees. In other words, fitting the job to the worker and not the other way round.

Poorly designed jobs can lead to psychological and physical ill health.

Why does it matter to employers?

According to the European Agency for Occupational Safety and Health, the way in which a job is designed can impact on the attitude, beliefs and feelings of the employee.

These include motivation, performance, job satisfaction, mental health and sickness absence.

Poor design can be expensive for the employer because it increases the time it takes staff to learn new systems or requires a larger number of skilled and trained workers.

Does your organisation actively promote good job design?

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Page last updated - 03/08/2019