ERIC Number: ED222763
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Working for America: A Worker-Centered Approach to Productivity Improvement.
Drewes, Donald W.
This report examines worker-centered productivity and discusses the organizational and educational strategies for its improvement. Chapter 1 explores the meaning and measurement of productivity and the benefits of productivity improvement--profits, a weapon against inflation, success in international trade, increased standard of living, improved quality of life, and equality of economic opportunity. In chapter 2, the nature of the productivity problem is examined. International comparisons are made and causes that are commonly regarded as contributing significantly to the plunge in productivity performance are considered, including the amount of capital available to the worker, changes in labor force structure, sectional shifts in the economy, and management. Chapter 3 outlines a general participative strategy for worker-centered productivity improvement. Techniques are discussed for carrying out the four stages--information, communication, understanding, and involvement--of infusing an organizational commitment to productivity. Chapter 4 looks at human resources and the impact on productivity improvement through education and training. Recommendations are offered to strengthen joint business, industry, and vocational education commitments to productivity improvement. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Conserva, Inc., Raleigh, NC.