Managers need to think more deeply about job design. In doing so they can learn from when the UK led the world.
A recent Carnegie Trust report on measuring job quality identifies seven dimensions of good work. Among predictable factors, including pay and benefits and work-life balance, is job design and nature of work, a category that includes use of skills, control and opportunities for progression and sense of purpose.
Improving the design of jobs is becoming an important issue for many organisations and managers. I like to think this reflects the greater awareness of work quality, which has developed since my own Good Work report to the government.