ERIC Number: ED080674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
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ALPHA: A Case Study in Upgrading.
Granick, Leonard P. R.; And Others
An industry-focused upgrading model, based upon job redesigns of entry-level and higher skill positions and a multi-step diagonal/vertical progression ladder was installed in a company having a 150-employee blue collar work force. The model provided for rapid promotion and wage increases of both present employees and new hires, supported by skills training and basic education programs. A consultant first determined that the company was experiencing problems of recruitment of higher skill-level workers, retention of entry level laborers, reduced productivity, and poor quality workmanship. The demonstration produced changes. Plant atmosphere did not improve and negative attitudes toward entry workers increased because of a decline in the need to upgrade these employees. The project demonstrated that job redesign and job ladder constructions are feasible instruments for use in plants with flat occupational structures provided the skills ratio of unskilled and skilled employees is low, there is sufficient skills differentiation between lower and higher skill jobs, and there is sufficient promotion space. (Author/KH)
Descriptors: Career Ladders, Case Studies, Industrial Personnel, Industrial Structure, Job Development, Labor Force Development, Models, Organizational Climate, Promotion (Occupational), Wages, Work Attitudes
New Careers Systems Institute, Inc., 8 Sicard Street, New Brunswick, N.J. (no price quoted)
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Sponsor: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New Careers Systems Inst., Inc., New Brunswick, NJ.