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Document ID (ISN)102290
CIS number 03-1463
ISBN(s) 2-551-21841-1
Year 2003
Convention or series no. Etudes et recherches R-343
Author(s) Vézina N., St-Vincent M., Dufour B., St-Jacques Y., Cloutier E.
Title Practice of job rotation in an automobile assembly plant - Exploratory study
Original title La pratique de la rotation des postes dans une usine d'assemblage automobile - Etude exploratoire [in French]
Bibliographic information Institut de recherche en santé et en sécurité du travail du Québec (IRSST), 505 boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal (Quebec) H3A 3C2, Canada, Aug. 2003. vi, 88p. Illus. 42 ref. Price: CAD 13.00.
Internet access http://www.irsst.qc.ca/htmfr/pdf_txt/R-343.pdf [in French]
Abstract This survey on job rotation was carried out in an automobile assembly plant where the management was in favour of extending the degree of job rotation, but where the union was reticent. Two ergonomics experts inspected four assembly units, and observed and interviewed 250 workers. Results of the survey show that only 10.8% of the workers, essentially the younger workers, currently practiced job rotation. The perceived advantages of rotation were lower levels of monotony and physical constraints, as well as improved promotion prospects. The main reasons for reluctance were the fear of changing for more demanding work and training difficulties. The importance of training is confirmed by the job studies.
Descriptors (primary) older workers; work organization; groups of persons; motor vehicle industry; psychology of work organization
Descriptors (secondary) adaptation of man to work; speed of work; intensity of work; assembly-line work; labour-management relations; new technologies; mental workload; refresher training; survey; job study; ergonomic evaluation; physical workload
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Motor vehicle manufacturing industry
Psychology of work organization
Psychological factors
Older workers