In the last byte, we looked at the six different patterns for the meaning of work. In today's byte, we look at the role of job in an organizational context.
Task and authority relationships define an organization's structure. Jobs are the basic building blocks of this task-authority structure and are considered the micro-structural element to which employees most directly relate.
Jobs are usually designed to complement and support other jobs in the organization. Isolated jobs are rare.
Jobs in organizations are interdependent and designed to make a contribution to the organization's overall mission and goals. Interdependencies require careful planning and design so that all of the "pieces of work" fit together into a whole. Failure to incorporate these interdependencies into planning could create conflict and cause failure.
Inflexible jobs that are rigidly structured have an adverse effect and lead to stressed-out employees.