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Week 3 DQ 1

Due Week 3 Day 3

Post a 200-300-word response to the following discussion question by clicking on Reply.

Ch. 5 of Fundamentals of Human Resource Management introduces five job analysis methods including
observation, individual interview, group interview, structured questionnaire, technical conference, and
diary method. Select two job analysis methods. For each method chosen, describe a situation which is
most appropriate to apply the job analysis method. What are some disadvantages associated with each
method you have chosen?

Currently we use technical conference and on occasion we use diary method. When we have a job
opening, we rely on the manager and the supervisor to do the job analysis and revise the job description
on record if necessary. We believe the manager and supervisor have a better handle on the needs of
the department. The disadvantage to this method is that incumbents' may have a different perspective
of the job and the skills needed to complete the job. From experience, I've learned that line workers
believe that management does not know the ins and outs of the employee's position. To some degree
this may be true and from this perspective, using technical conference ignores potentially valid
employee feedback.

We don't use diary method as often but of the five this is one that we use second to technical
conference. During this economic downturn my employer did not want to resort to layoffs so senior
management decided to let attrition be the tool to manage our staffing numbers. Hence, as people
have left we have not replaced those positions including two management positions. In both of these
instances, the departments were consolidated with other departments. The managers for the newly
consolidated units needed to determine workload. To do this they implemented the diary method
where they had employees record their daily activities. This allowed each of the managers to identify
workflow processes that were of benefit for their units' production. The down side to this method is that
it takes time for the managers to gather and analyze the information

Another Response

The job analysis methods that I chose are Observation Method and Diary Method. I chose these
methods because I see them as being sort of opposite each other. With the observation method the
job analyst is watching and reporting on the employee’s activities versus the diary method where the
employee is reporting on his or own activities.

While many employees would not work most efficiently with someone watching over their shoulder,
the observation method could be very useful in some situations. If a particular job is routine or process
related, such as an assembly line position or a clinical nurse, observing the employees may be the most
effective manner to evaluate the job activities.

Using the diary method would be particularly helpful in jobs that are not routine in nature such as a
paralegal. In this type of position each day brings new challenges and is anything but routine. Having
someone in this position keep a diary of their daily activities over a period of time would help HRM
understand the duties of the position much better than interviewing someone as many things can be
overlooked or forgotten. The diary would serve a snapshot of the job. The downside of this method
could be the time and cost involved. When I worked in government affairs, as part of my succession
planning I kept a diary of what I did for over a month. This allowed HRM to use a more precise job
description when placing ads to fill the position.

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Week 3 DQ 1

Due Week 3 Day 3

Post a 200-300-word response to the following discussion question by clicking on Reply.

Ch. 5 of Fundamentals of Human Resource Management introduces five job analysis methods including
observation, individual interview, group interview, structured questionnaire, technical conference, and
diary method. Select two job analysis methods. For each method chosen, describe a situation which is
most appropriate to apply the job analysis method. What are some disadvantages associated with each
method you have chosen?

Currently we use technical conference and on occasion we use diary method. When we have a job
opening, we rely on the manager and the supervisor to do th

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