CHAPTER 3

Are Job Analysis and Job Design Really Necessary?

“Job analysis may be looked at as a way to analyze reality. The things we do in our jobs are reduced to words by means of job analysis. In most instances this is not an easy thing to do, because our job behaviors are ineffable, that is, not easily captured in a few words. If jobs could be easily captured in words, then we would be able to train ourselves to do most any job simply by reading about it” (Levine, 1983, p. 4).

“Jobs are living, changing things” (Kershner, 1955, p. 69).

From the employee perspective: Jeffrey met Lily on his way back from the manager’s meeting and took a chance to vent his frustrations to his colleague. “Having a job description is clearly a waste of time. ...

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