ERIC Number: ED218469
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Volunteer Preference for Recognition Techniques Used By Agencies and Employers.
Ream, Penny S.
This study was conducted to obtain information about volunteers' preferences for various recognition techniques. A survey of volunteers in 13 cultural arts, non-profit agencies located within the Minneapolis/St. Paul (Minnesota) area was taken during August and September, 1981. Of 212 questionnaires returned, 207 (approximately 72 percent of the sample) were tabulated for results. The volunteers were asked to rate 16 recognition techniques in terms of how meaningul it would be to them personally to receive that type of recognition for their volunteer work. They were also asked to indicate the importance of 12 techniques that an employer might use to recognize the volunteer work of employees. Additionally, demographic information provided by the respondents was used to test relationships for recognition. Of the respondents, the majority were women between the ages of 31 and 45; about one-half were college graduates; and 63 percent worked outside the home. Two items were rated "very meaningful" by more than 50 percent of the respondents: receiving a discount on memberships, tickets, or gift items; and receiving additional volunteer job training; organized sports events was the only item rated "not meaningful" by more than half of the volunteers. Four items also rated "very meaningful" were personal development training; luncheon with other volunteers; employee privileges; and volunteer job enhancement. These six techniques were further analyzed with cross-tabulations and Chi square tests to correlate recognition techniques with personal characteristics of the volunteers. (KC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Minnesota (Minneapolis); Minnesota (Saint Paul)
Note: Master's Thesis, University of Minnesota.