ERIC Number: ED193479
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Developing Trends in Office Technology and Career Paths as Related to the Office of the Future. Abstract, Doctoral Dissertation.
Burford, Anna Marie
A study sought to determine how features of the office of the future are related to career paths of office workers. Personal interviews were used to obtain data from 178 administrative, supervisory, and clerical persons employed by sixteen insurance companies located in the Columbus, Ohio, metropolitan area. Employees responded to questions relating to new office equipment, educational backgrounds, company-sponsored training/education programs, initial job classifications and/or titles that reflect new occupational specialties, career paths, and perceived career paths in the next three to five years. They also indicated on a forty-three-item, five-point rating scale the degree of importance of selected knowledges, skills, and personal traits for purposes of increasing their chances for advancement with their respective companies. Conclusions reached were (1) automated office systems are progressing rapidly, (2) three-fourths of the respondents had knowledge of advanced equipment, (3) employees perceived personal traits and knowledges as more important for promotion than shorthand and equipment operation skills, (4) new occupational specialties are emerging, (5) employees are usually hired at lower-level positions and progress to higher-level ones, (6) education beyond the baccalaureate degree is not necessary for promotion, and (7) businesses encourage employee participation in job-related, company-sponsored education/training programs. (YLB)
Descriptors: Automation, Business Education, Career Development, Clerical Occupations, Educational Background, Employment Level, Futures (of Society), Inservice Education, Insurance Companies, Occupational Information, Office Occupations, Offices (Facilities), Promotion (Occupational), Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Emerging Occupations; Job Classification; Job Titles; Ohio (Columbus)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).