ERIC Number: ED235516
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
Employee Involvement, Attitudes, and Productivity in High Technology Manufacturing: A Two-Year, Experimental Study.
Stinnett, William D.; And Others
To investigate methods of improving both employees' productivity and the quality of their work life, workers from four businesses were surveyed before and after their organizations implemented a total employees involvement program. Survey questions covered employees' perceptions of (1) the quality of the product produced, (2) the leadership's concern with workers' views, (3) the amount of work expected from them, (4) the possibility of advancement, (5) the effectiveness of the organization's structure, and (6) the psychological and financial rewards received for their work. While problems in data collection prevented a time series analysis, survey results did indicate that the factory reporting the most dramatic increase in productivity and product quality also had the highest criterion ratings. There is no direct evidence, however, that these improvements in employee productivity and work attitudes were due to the total employee involvement program. Further refinement of the survey instrument is needed before this research can be interpreted confidently. (MM)
Descriptors: Adults, Communication Research, Employee Attitudes, Employer Employee Relationship, Human Factors Engineering, Job Enrichment, Job Satisfaction, Occupational Surveys, Organizational Change, Organizational Communication, Organizational Development, Organizational Effectiveness, Organizational Theories, Program Effectiveness, Quality of Life, Research Methodology, Research Problems, Work Environment
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (Dallas, TX, May 26-30, 1983).