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ERIC Number: ED356413
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 44
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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School to Work Transition: Employer Attitudes towards Employees, Jobs, and the Workplace in Rural Arizona.
Danzig, Arnold
By telephone, 33 employers in a rural Arizona county were surveyed concerning their experiences with new employees in the workplace. It drew from two strands to understand employers' workplace expectations. The first drew from sociology and looked at the workplace in terms of how young workers experience the labor market. The second strand looked more at the labor market and organizational issues in moving from school to work. Employers were asked about the following: work availability; skills and competencies expected from employees; attitudes toward work expected from employees; pay, benefits, and potential for upward mobility; job task technology; patterns of authority; reward system; and social interaction. Employers identified several character traits as desirable--general value orientations, public relations ability, and specific work skills--but placed greater emphasis on the first two. Most employers said they really had no minimum requirements. They liked to train new employees according to their own preferences. Gender of the worker and location of the job in the labor market appeared as important mediators of workplace authority structure and worker autonomy. Entry-level workers earned minimum wages. Some employers took the view that the work itself should be the employee's incentive to enter and stay on the job. Employers did not uniformly recognize entry-level employee needs for socialization, on or off the job. (Appendixes include 29 references and an interview schedule.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona