Rationalisation in the Work Place

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The proven success of rationalisation in the work place, with outcomes such as increased efficiency cut costs and implemented control within an organisation, provide arguments for why rationalisation should be applied to an organisation looking to cut costs. Rationalisation includes methods for increasing the efficiency of work. Drawing on the techniques of bureaucracy and rational work designs, such as Taylorism and Fordism which are still prominent in contemporary organisations such as McDonalds, this essay will discuss why applying methods of rationalisation to Junction Hotel will be beneficial in terms of cutting costs and increasing the workers efficiency. However, drawing from the writings of sociologist Max Weber, this essay will …show more content…
Creating these defined roles is an efficient form of control in that it frees up the management at the higher levels of the hierarchy for more important and demanding jobs. On the other hand, there is the risk that at each level of the hierarchy, control may be lost because of the way in which control is delegated to the levels below. Looking at the case study, when Junction Hotel applied the hierarchical structure, the differences in the delegation of authority is highlighted in the way ‘Meg Mortimer’ shows favouritism, giving liked workers extra shifts or allowing them to leave work early. ‘Linda Wilkinson’ appears as a ‘soft touch’ allowing extended breaks and not inquiring unofficial sick days. Having said this, implementing rules, procedures and policies within the organisation allows for a standardised set of instructions to govern the activity across the organisation. ‘Chance’ establishes the ‘Pay and Working Hours procedures’ specifying a standard working day with defined hours and break times and also a ‘Disciplinary Policy’ which specifies expectations of staff behaviours including a series of set offences with appropriate standard punishments. This deters unfairness or mistreatment in an organisation.
Whilst all the workers within an organisation are expected to act in accordance with these rules, procedures and policies, they are also at risk of developing a

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