ERIC Number: ED189368
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Exchanging Earnings for Leisure: Findings of an Exploratory National Survey on Work Time Preferences. R&D Monograph 79.
A national survey was conducted to explore the work time preferences of American workers and their willingness to trade income for leisure. Data were collected through person-to-person interviews with 1,566 respondents. The results of the study indicate that prevailing work time conditions are at variance with the preferences of today's workers. A majority of the American workers state a willingness to forego most of future pay raises for more time away from work if some choice is allowed concerning the specific forms of potential free time. A solid majority of workers would give up at least 2 percent of current earnings for their choice among five different forms of free time, and about one-fourth claimed a desire to forego 10 percent or more of their income for time. An additional finding was that the ways in which potential gains in free time are scheduled is a major determinant of whether individuals will trade potential or current earnings for time. (The survey questions are appended.) (LRA)
Descriptors: Employee Attitudes, Flexible Working Hours, Fringe Benefits, Income, Job Satisfaction, Leisure Time, National Surveys, Organizational Climate, Work Attitudes
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Commission for Employment Policy (DOL), Washington, DC.
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