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ERIC Number: ED015258
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 5
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JOB REDESIGN FOR OLDER WORKERS--CASE STUDIES.
ROTHBERG, HERMAN J.
INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS SUCCESSFULLY USED METHODS OF JOB REDESIGN TO MAINTAIN THE EMPLOYMENT AND PRODUCTIVITY, AS WELL AS THE MORALE, OF AGING EMPLOYEES. EXAMPLES OF JOB REDESIGN WERE FOUND IN A WIDE VARIETY OF MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES. CASE STUDIES WERE MADE IN PLANTS PRODUCING AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ALUMINUM FRAMING, BUILDING MATERIALS, CARPETS, COMPUTERS, COPPER PIPE FITTINGS, FOOTWEAR, HEAVY IRON PIPE, PRECISION INSTRUMENTS, AND PRINTED NOVELTIES. THE MOST PREVALENT REDESIGN METHOD WAS THE INFORMAL PRACTICE OF ACCOMMODATING THE DECLINING PHYSICAL CAPACITIES OF A SPECIFIC AGING WORKER OR GROUP OF WORKERS. JOB REDESIGN REVEALED SOME ADVANTAGES OVER THE PRACTICE OF JOB REASSIGNING FOR BOTH THE OLDER WORKER AND MANAGEMENT. IN SEVERAL CASES, A SUBSTANTIAL RISE IN OUTPUT PER MAN-HOUR OCCURRED. IN NONE OF THE CASES WAS PRODUCTIVITY ADVERSELY AFFECTED. THE FOUR CASE STUDIES SUMMARIZED SHOW JOB REDESIGN USING THE FRAMEWORK FOR FORMAL JOB PLACEMENT PROGRAMS WHICH CONTINUALLY EVALUATED EACH JOB AND EMPLOYEE IN TERMS OF DEMANDS AND CAPACITIES, UTILIZING MECHANICAL AIDS TO REPLACE MANUAL CONTROL, UTILIZING TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE IN THE FORM OF SPECIALLY DESIGNED FORKLIFT TRUCKS, AND INVOLVING REALLOCATION OF DUTIES. THE FULL STUDY IS PRESENTED IN THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS PUBLICATION "JOB REDESIGN FOR OLDER WORKERS, TEN CASE STUDIES." THIS DOCUMENT APPEARED IN THE "MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW," JANUARY 1967. (HC)
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