Chapter 6 - The Soft & The Hard Dimension

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Unformatted text preview: EED FLEXIBILITY CHANGE: Flexibility is one of the key concepts of HRM. Guest (1989) has emphasis on increased flexibility for various reasons such as: The need to be competitive Focuses attention on the more efficient use of human resources. The need to be adaptive The organization has to be able to respond quickly to change and to the new demands constantly being made upon it in turbulent and highly competitive conditions. The impact of new technology This is changing skill requirements and working arrangement, for example the cellular manufacturing systems. New organization structures A more fluid form of organization in which complex innovation takes place and which require a more flexible approach to structure, the definition of work roles and how roles interact. The Different Types Of Flexibility in organizational change The Different Types Of Flexibility in organizational change Contract­based flexibility (New forms of employment contracts). It is refers to employee contract which specify flexibility as a key aspect of terms and conditions, example job description. Time­based flexibility (Shift working and flexible hours). It can be achieve by the use of flexible hours. Job­based flexibility (Functional flexibility). Workers can be moved from task to task to gain a wider range of skills within their capability. Functional flexibility also means that where workloads in different parts o...
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