HRM Supplemental Exercises

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First, read “Sometimes a job badly done is the job description’s fault” by Gary B. Cohen in Forbes at

Second, watch Job Crafting on YouTube (12 ½ minutes).

After reading Chapter 5 and the materials above, please address the following questions:

  1. Why do job descriptions often fail to accurately reflect the true roles and responsibilities of a position?
  2. What steps can an organization take to keep job descriptions relevant and aligned with the organization’s needs?
  3. What is job crafting? Can you think of examples of how job crafting might relate to employee satisfaction and engagement?
  4. How does job crafting relate to organizational success? Are there strategic reasons to enable job crafting?
  5. How can an organization encourage job crafting?