The Theory Of Job Enrichment And Job Design Essay

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Written Assignment – Unit 7 - Motivation Theories This paper will look at motivation theories and their application to practical problems in work settings. The paper will examine the theory of job enrichment and job design. It will analyze a case study by Elizabeth Layman (2011) and will also be complimented by a relevant professional article by Elizabeth Forrestal. Introduction According to Carpenter, Taylor and Erdogan, (2009, page 336) the motivation concept of job enrichment entails “A job redesign technique that allows workers more control over how they perform their own tasks.” This is achieved by allowing employees more freedom of decision. It is said that this concept serves as a substitute to another popular concept that is known as job specialization. The idea behind the concept of job enrichment, is that by allowing employees to have increased control over their day to day working schedule, employees will reciprocate by staying longer at their current role, by working harder thus achieving better results and generally by being happier to come to work every day resulting in better attendance. Some experts suggest that there are also down sides to this concept. It is said that as a result of the feeling that enriched employees have of being at a management level, they occasionally feel that they are not being adequately compensated for the new obligations they now own. It also appears that the concept of job enrichment might only be suitable for certain type of

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