ERIC Number: ED213921
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Workers' Attitudes toward Productivity. A New Survey.
Clarke, Ronald H.; And Others
In response to the steady decline in productivity in the United States, the United States Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Gallup Organization conducted a survey of workers to determine their attitudes toward productivity. The probability survey sample of more than 800 workers shows that American workers are optimistic about the ability of the United States to improve productivity and performance. An overwhelming majority believe that if they were more involved in making decisions that affect their job, they would work harder and do a better job. The workers suggest that motivation could be provided through recognition for their hard work through better jobs and financial rewards. More than one-half of the workers believe that it would be difficult to get another job should they lose their present job. In fact, a plurality believe job security is the most imporatant aspect of the job they now have. Money ranks second. With regard to compensation, workers believe that their pay ought to be equal to the value of their output. However, a significant proportion believe that other considerations should be important in determining their pay. On the subject of health and safety, a plurality of the workers would trust a team of management and workers to decide difficult issues regarding health and safety, rather than people removed from the job site. The survey reveals a low level of worker participation in educational and training programs, which may affect workers' attitudes and abilities. At the same time, a majority claim that changes in workers' attitudes and abilities would bring about the greatest improvement in the performance and productivity of their companies or organizations. (KC)
Descriptors: Employee Attitudes, Employer Employee Relationship, Goal Orientation, Health, Inservice Education, Job Satisfaction, Job Training, Labor Conditions, Motivation, National Surveys, Organizational Climate, Organizational Development, Productivity, Promotion (Occupational), Safety, Salaries, Wages, Work Attitudes, Work Environment
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H St., N.W., Washington, DC 20402 ($8.00; 2-9 copies, $7.75 each; 10-24, $7.50 each; 25 or more, $7.25 each).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chamber of Commerce of the United States, Washington, DC.
Note: For a related document see CE 031 633.