Week 3 Discussion Questions Managerial Job Analysis

Why is it important for a manager to be able to conduct a job analysis? What are the negative outcomes that would result from not understanding the jobs of those reporting to the manager?

The following are the benefits of a manager conducting a job analysis.

The following are the negative outcomes that would result from not understanding the jobs of those reporting to the manager.

  • Helps the manager to plan for the workforce. An efficient job analysis will help the manager to identify the duties of various professionals in an organization.
  • Helps in succession planning. The job analysis helps to fill the key roles within an organization, now and the future.
  • The job analysis will help the manager in employee development through identifying gaps on individual levels and help employees in career development.
  • Helps the manager in compensation and in performance appraisals.
  • It helps the manager in identifying the competencies and tasks required to successfully execute the job.
  • The job analysis helps the manager to design and redesign the job.

Work cited

  • Time consuming because the job may change frequently.
  • Inclusive of personal biasness. Through not understanding each other in the organization; likes and dislikes in an organization may occur.
  • Lack of the required qualification.

W Lawler, Edward (1973). Motivation in Work Organizations. Belmont, California: Wadsworth Publishing Company INC. p. 148.

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How might the following trends be influencing skill requirements for managerial jobs in the United States: (a) increasing use of computers, (b) increasing international competition, (c) increasing work-family conflicts?

Increasing use of computers influence skill requirements for managerial jobs in the United States.

The use of computers in United States has led to major developments in managerial jobs. The following are reasons and trends of increasing the use of computers.

Increasing international competition.

  • The managers and the workforce develop the computer skills.
  • The computers have made the management easier in analyzing and coming up with solutions.
  • Campaigns on the use of computers to the managers and advertising businesses.
  • Every manager is mandatory to have the computer skills due to the use of emails in disseminating the messages in an organization.

This will be done to increase the awareness about the trends and the global market. The international competitions penetrate and enter your target market with better utility and better value of products. This is becoming more important since the managers incorporate best experience around the globe and keep competition in the market. For example in United States it outsources manufactured jobs to Mexico.

Increasing Work-family conflicts.

Increasing the work family conflicts has influenced the skills requirements in the United States by degrading of personal lives to the employees and the managers.

Work cited

Statistic Brain Research Institute. (2015, October 06). Job Overseas Outsourcing Statistic.

Hunt, R. (2009). Case Study: State Bank of India, World’s Largest. Needham, MA, United States: The Tower Group Inc.

C. What is the trade-offs between the different approaches to job design? Which approach do you think should be weighted most heavily when designing jobs?

Engineering approach, job characteristic approach and human approach are the major approaches to job design.

Each approach is valuable on its own way. Different trade-offs occurs depending on the approach. There is a lot of repetitions in the engineering approach which can lead to monotony and boredom. The employees are discouraged to improve the job and there is specialization to the job. Each employee in this approach is set to a particular task and station.However; there is also little interaction among the employees.

Work cited

Herzberg, F. (1968). One more time: How do you motivate employees. Boston: Harvard Business Review. pp. 46–57.