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Job Redesign: A Practical Guide to Redesigning Jobs & Roles

Source | | Erik van Vulpen

Job redesign is an increasingly relevant tool to shape the changing roles in the future of work. When done right, it can create a workforce that moves the company forward. In this article, we will explain what job redesign is and offer a structured approach to redesigning jobs.

What is job redesign? A definition

Job redesign is the process of rearranging tasks and responsibilities to better align roles with the changing environment inside and outside the organization.

Let’s start with the last part of the definition. Due to changing environments both inside and outside organizations, job roles change. Today’s world has never been more volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (also referred to as VUCA). Inside the organization, digitization and automation also impact job roles.

When it comes to the changing environment outside the organization, consider this example. In the ’30s and ’40s, half a million people worked as Soda Jerks. The Soda Jerk operated the soda fountain in a drugstore or supermarket and this was a highly desired position. At the same time, elevator operators, switchboard operators, and linotypists were highly common jobs.

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