Work Design


Definition: Work Design is the process or activity of specifying the contents, methods and relationship of jobs in order to satisfy the technological and organizational requirements as well as the social and personal requirements of the job holder (the employee).

Its principles are geared towards how the nature of a person's job affects their attitudes and behavior at work, particularly relating to certain characteristics including skill variety and autonomy.

In 1980, organizational psychologists Hackman and Oldham proposed their "Job Characteristics Model".



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More on work/job design: Job Enlargement, Job Enrichment, Job Rotation.


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