ERIC Number: ED120457
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-May
Reference Count: N/A
Occupational Survival Skills Implications for Job Maintenance and Mobility. A Research Study Summary.
O'Neil, Sharon Lund
A research study summary based on a dissertation entitled "Worker Perceptions Of Skills Necessary For Survival in the World of Work" is presented. A list of 27 basic occupational survival skills was developed representing the following areas: interpersonal relations and communications; personal characteristics; decision making and problem solving; and job characteristics, health, and safety. A telephone survey instrument, utilizing these 27 basic survival skills plus job attitude and demographic questions, was pilot-tested and then used for interviewing 589 workers throughout the State of Illinois. Responses were grouped into nine occupational classifications and analyzed. The following skills appeared to be important for occupational survival regardless of occupational classification: being dependable, giving an honest day's work, knowing what is expected of you, maintaining good health, and managing time and materials efficiently. Priority differences in the types of survival skills needed in specific occupations are also examined. Most workers indicated salary, security, or work satisfaction as reasons for keeping a job. Interpersonal relations was most often cited as a job aspect that was disliked. Tables indicating response by occupational classification and by occupational survival skill are presented. (LH)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Employee Attitudes, Employee Responsibility, Employment Qualifications, Interpersonal Competence, Job Satisfaction, Job Skills, Occupational Information, Occupational Surveys, Participant Characteristics, Performance Criteria, Problem Solving, State Surveys, Tables (Data), Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Office of Education, Springfield. Div. of Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois