Author: Jim Riley Last updated: Sunday 23 September, 2012
What is Job Enlargement?
Job enlargement (sometimes also referred to as “horizontal
loading”) involves the addition of extra, similar, tasks to a job.
In job enlargement, the job itself remains essentially
unchanged. However, by widening the range of tasks that need to be performed,
hopefully the employee
will experience less repetition and monotony that are common on
production lines which rely upon the division of labour.
With job enlargement,
the employee rarely needs to acquire new skills to carry out the additional
task, and the motivational benefits of job enrichment
are not usually experienced.
One important negative aspect is that job
enlargement is sometimes viewed by employees as a requirement to carry
out more work for the same amount