ERIC Number: ED423408
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Total (E)quality Management: Paradigmatic Shift in Personnel Management. IAB Labour Market Research Topics No. 28.
In Germany as elsewhere, enterprises are becoming increasingly convinced that the initial costs of increasing attention to promoting the employment of women are offset by the medium- and long-term benefits to the enterprise because of a larger pool of qualified female employees. This attitude change is partly due to the fact that, in western Germany, women are currently less affected than men by structural economic changes. Traditional forms of promoting employment and equality of opportunity strategies are increasingly being included as part of total quality management. Attempts to improve equality of opportunity and maintain skills within enterprises in the context of total (e)quality activities are being made. It is believed that an equal opportunity policy will act as a stimulus that will encourage employees to identify more closely with corporate objectives and initiate a higher level of employee commitment and awareness of responsibility. Besides benefiting female employees, (e)quality systems provide important benefits to work organizations (for example, such systems help employers preserve increasingly important human resources, avoid hire-and-fire costs, and better identify the interests of female customers). Promotion of the employment of women must be linked at the organizational level with the creation of a pluralistic corporate culture. (Contains 42 references) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Employed Women, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Practices, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Foreign Countries, Government Role, Personnel Management, Public Policy, Sex Fairness, Small Businesses, Systems Approach, Total Quality Management, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute of Employment Research, Nurenberg (Germany).
Identifiers - Location: Germany