Summary: The Importance Of Position Analysis

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The importance of the position analysis questionnaire (PAQ) in regards to job analysis, is the ability to use structured questionnaires to analyze jobs according to 187 jobs statements. Based on the 187 jobs, six distinct categories were created in order to analysis the standardized questionnaires that were established (McCormick, Jeanneret, & Mecham, 1969). The six distinct categories were made up of information input, mental process, work output, relationships with others, job context, and other job characteristics. I will present these six categories later throughout the essay with further detail. The position analysis questionnaire (PAQ) has become one of the most widely used job analysis techniques used in the work force today. This…show more content…
As stated above, the PAQ is made up of six distinct categories that underlie the foundation of its role. The first job element that makes up the six distinct categories is the information input. Basically, it’s when and how the employee obtains the necessary information needed to perform the job correctly (Riggio, 2013). An example would be working as a journalist at a newspaper, magazine, or news website, were it requires you to look up information regarding your topic. Information such as time, places, people, food, etc. which cannot be known without further research. The second categories is mental process, which requires a kind of thinking, reasoning, and decision making in order to perform the job. An example of this would be working as a doctor and thus having to make decisions that are life or death. Critical thinking is required in order to fulfill the requirements of the job. The third element is work output, which is described as the tasks that workers must preform and the tools or machines that are needed. In work output, the employee must have some sort of knowledge on the technologies or machines…show more content…
This study was developed from the feminist movement, were researchers of the 70s wanted to further understand the role of homemaker. After conducting the study, the researchers found a great consistency among participant descriptions of their job. Being a homemaker required sensitivity to oneself and environment, and variable schedule. The researchers found that the estimate pay for a homemaker would have been an average of $740 a month. Further evidence, showed that there was a compatibility between a homemaker and that of a patrolman, firefighter, and airport maintenance chief. This study allowed everyone to understand the importance of an unpaid person duties to that of a person with a job. Being aware of the importance that each job position requires is essential in the growth and stability of a
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