Debate the proposition that employers are more concerned with controlling employee behaviour than they are with eliciting employee commitment.

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Employee Relations
Coursework: Debate the proposition that employers are more concerned with controlling employee behaviour than they are with eliciting employee commitment.
Paul Friel
B00205633
Word Count: 3300

It can be said that employers have become increasingly concentrated towards controlling employee’s behaviour than endeavouring to attain employee commitment in organisations. Control can be defined as “To exercise authoritative or dominating influence over” . However this can become controversial when applied to working with people therefore as a countermeasure commitment has been introduced to even the balance. This can be defined as “a combination of commitment to the organisation and its values and a willingness to
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Employers have minutely contributed to employee commitment with the use of Job Design which has been utilised to effect in certain companies such as Microsoft who use elements like job share to encourage employees in their roles Job Design is when the duties and the role of an employees’ position have been analysed and decided by management before they are employed or amending parts of an employees’ position while they are employed. Job Design permits an input from employees into their role of the organisation as they collaborate with management in which their position is defined. A further example of stimulating commitment with job design is when employees and employers discuss characteristics of the position that would suit the employee’s capabilities which in turn increases their motivation as the employers are permitting staff an input into designing their responsibilities in the job. However, employers have the opportunity to use job design to influence control of over their staff with the use techniques such as job expansion and job rotation with allow them to amend or add additional workload to their job which may not be to the employees benefit. Furthermore, an employer has the ability to change the job design of staff to suit their requirements over employees depending on the situation without any input

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