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Job rotation

  • Levels: GCSE, AS
  • Exam boards: AQA, Edexcel, OCR, IB

Job rotation involves the movement of employees through a range of jobs in order to increase interest and motivation.

Job rotation 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 initially unfamiliar with a new task.

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