ERIC Number: ED177320
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Changing Attitudes to Work and Life Styles.
Rosow, Jerome M.
The following statements summarize the author's analysis of changing attitudes to work and life styles in Western society: (1) a permissive society has fostered a change in authority roles; (2) general mistrust toward big busines is no longer limited to the public at large; (3) employees, supervisors, and managers all dislike and fear change; (4) changing attitudes toward work reflect the values of a post-religious society which no longer views work as punishment with a reward in the after life; (5) youth reflect much less commitment to the work ethic and greater cynicism in many areas; (6) older workers do not look retrospectively upon their careers with a real sense of achievement; (7) significant attitude changes in Japan reveal that the American young are not a peculiar breed and that for the first time work must compete with other personal values; (8) the era of rising entitlements has created a feeling that jobs, income, and a rising standard of life are no longer privileges, but a secured right; (9) changing attitudes toward work, combined with the revolution in social values, have opened a new interest in improving the quality of working life as the long term answer to a renewed motivation to work; and (10) changes in American moral and social values have been rapid and penetrating over the past decade but large organizations have been slow to change. (BM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Work in America Inst., Scarsdale, NY.