ERIC Number: ED415414
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
The Benefits of Participating in Collaborative Committees.
Belfiore, Mary Ellen
A study was conducted to show the effect that participation in workplace committees has on committee members. The subjects were 34 members of Workplace Education Center (WEC) projects of ABC Canada who work on establishing and maintaining workplace literacy initiatives; they were interviewed by phone or in group discussions. The study found that, overall, committee members used their participation in this research as an opportunity to re-think important issues and refine further their approach to a collaborative process. For some members, the WEC committee work began a new way of thinking and acting on a number of workplace issues: literacy, job training, investigation of concerns, involvement of employees, the steps in project planning, and the sources and uses of power in organizations. Benefits to committee members included the following: increased knowledge about and skills for process and project work and working with others in a new style of teamwork, a boost of confidence, and an awareness of the issues that challenge an organization. Benefits to the organization included increased worker skills and a better attitude throughout the company. Challenges to the team members included the teamwork process, literacy issues, time and perseverance, and the roles and relationships of senior management. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Committees, Cooperation, Employer Employee Relationship, Foreign Countries, Literacy Education, Organizational Climate, Organizations (Groups), Participative Decision Making, Professional Development, Quality of Working Life, Teamwork, Workplace Literacy
ABC Canada, 1450 Don Mills Road, Don Mills, Ontario M3B 2X7, Canada; telephone: 416-442-2292; fax: 416-442-2293; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: ABC Canada, Toronto (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada