ERIC Number: ED218466
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Worker Productivity: A Challenge for Voc Ed. Information Series No. 235.
Clayton, Gary E.
The purpose of this paper is to assist vocational educators at all levels as they make long-range plans and policies that have an impact on vocational education programs and their relationship to worker productivity. In the first section a study of worker productivity analyzes trends and then measures and analyzes the determinants of productivity. The three main inputs--physical capital, natural resources, and labor--are briefly discussed. Other factors that influence the mix of inputs are also considered. The second section identifies a number of strategies for improving the quantity and quality of worker productivity. These include self-motivation and management tools for making labor more productive such as motivation techniques, management by objectives, job enlargement and enrichment, flexible working hours, and quality control circles. The role of vocational education in increasing worker productivity is discussed in terms of (1) planning programs based on emerging patterns related to the way in which workers change jobs and occupations, (2) enriching the quality of human capital, and (3) providing entry-level skills for new or emerging occupations through expanded and relevant program content. (YLB)
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Human Capital, Job Enrichment, Management by Objectives, Motivation, Motivation Techniques, Postsecondary Education, Productivity, School Role, Secondary Education, Vocational Education
National Center Publications, The Ohio State University, 1960 Kenny Rd., Columbus, OH 43210 (IN-235, $3.75; quantity discounts available).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.