Job rotation can motivate workers among other things. Image credit

Job rotation can motivate workers among other things. Image credit

ZIMSEC O Level Business Studies Notes: Non Financial Motivation: Job Rotation

  • Is when workers are moved from job to job or station to station
  • Job rotation- can be defined as the practice of moving employees between different tasks to promote experience and variety.
  • There are several reasons why this is done:
  • In order to prevent boredom and workplace alienation
  • In order to expose the employee to various work experiences
  • It is also used as a form of on-the-job training as it
  • Allows workers to gain various skills as they are rotated
  • All this enhances a worker’s job satisfaction
  • Job satisfaction– is contentment (or lack of it) arising out of interplay of employee’s positive and negative feelings toward his or her work.
  • One of the advantages of job rotation is that it serves a dual purpose i.e.
  • It motivates and trains workers at the same time
  • Working on a variety of tasks and in a variety of positions stimulates workers
  • Job rotation also results in a versatile (multi skilled) workforce thus preventing worker shortages
  • Some of the disadvantages of job rotation are:
  • It works limiting authority and responsibility difficult
  • It goes against the unit of command principles
  • A lot of time is wasted in getting workers to become familiar with  their new tasks, stations and responsibilities
  • Employees may become stressed when forced to move out of their areas of experience  resulting in job satisfaction

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