ERIC Number: ED073191
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Some Reactions to Employing Blacks. Illinois Studies of the Economically Disadvantaged, Technical Report Number 10.
Malpass, Roy S.; Symonds, John S.
During the summer of 1969, the authors, two white middle-class psychologists, employed two black assistants, both students at the University of Illinois and residents of the local community. This was done for two reasons. (1) They were involved in a larger project whose ultimate aim is to train both blacks and whites so that interracial interactions in employment settings lead to improved job tenure for black employees. The authors felt that to undertake such an enterprise without first-hand experience of some of the problems would be intellectually dishonest at least, and maladaptive, at worst. (2) Information was needed concerning interracial interactions in the community which only local black persons could obtain. This paper describes both their experiences as employers and summarizes information obtained from other employers and employees. First described and commented upon are some of the bureaucratic problems encountered. Then reported on are their views of the "stimulus," describing some aspects of the behavior of their two employees as it appeared to them in their employer roles. They add their reflections on these descriptions, on the information obtained by their assistants in their collection of critical incidents, and on their perception of their own responses. One of the black assistants commented upon the employers' reactions. His observations are included. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Black Students, Critical Incidents Method, Cultural Differences, Employee Attitudes, Employee Responsibility, Employer Attitudes, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Problems, Job Satisfaction, Middle Class, Perception, Racial Differences, Whites, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social and Rehabilitation Service (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Dept. of Psychology.