Author: Jim Riley Last updated: Sunday 23 September, 2012
Motivation in practice - job rotation
What is Job Rotation?
Job rotation involves the movement of employees through
a range of jobs in order to increase interest and motivation.
can improve “multi-skilling” but also involves the
need for greater training.
In a sense, job rotation is similar to job enlargement.
This approach widens the activities of a worker by switching him or her
around a range of work.
For example, an administrative employee might spend
part of the week looking after the reception area of a business, dealing
with customers and enquiries.
Some time might then be spent manning the company telephone switchboard
and then inputting data onto a database.
Job rotation may offer the advantage
of making it easier to cover for absent colleagues, but it may also reduce'
productivity as workers are
unfamiliar with a new task.
Why is Job Rotation Important?
Job rotation is seen as a possible solution to two significant
challenges faced by business:
(1) Skills shortages and skills gaps, and
(2) Employee motivation
Skills shortages occur when there is a lack of skilled
individuals in the workforce.
Skills gaps occur when there is a lack
of skills in a company’s existing workforce which may still be found
in the labour force as a whole.
According to the Treasury and DfES, both skills shortages
and gaps are major problems acting as major barriers to economic growth and
in long-term unemployment in the UK.