ERIC Number: ED466753
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb-10
Reference Count: N/A
Nothing but Net: American Workers and the Information Economy. Work Trends: Americans' Attitudes about Work, Employers and Government.
Rutgers, The State Univ., New Brunswick, NJ. John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development.; Connecticut Univ., Storrs. Center for Survey Research and Analysis.
A study explored the implications of the information economy of the late 1990s for American workers, focusing on workers' experience with computers in the workplace, workers' perceptions about their future in the information economy, and the role of government in the information age. Research data were gathered through a survey of 1,005 adults conducted January 5-19, 2000. Survey results include the following: (1) computer use is now routine among American workers and a large part of their daily work life, with 68 percent of workers using a computer every day and having access to a computer at home; (2) on average, workers spend 3 hours of their workday on the computer and almost 2 hours on the Internet; (3) most workers using a computer (87 percent) report using it for work-related activities only; (4) those having Internet access at work report that 82 percent of the time they spend on the Internet at work is for work-related functions; (5) workers have a strong desire to use computers for additional applications, especially for telecommuting at least part of the week; and (6) the majority of workers are also interested in distance learning, although only about 26 percent have participated in it. The study also found that about two-thirds of workers are concerned about job security, a decrease from preceding years, and that workers want a proactive government to provide leadership and offer fiscal incentives to stimulate the use of information technology. The study concluded that continued economic expansion for the country and individual prosperity depend on workers' ability to use computers, the Internet, and other technology applications effectively. The survey form is included in the study report. (KC)
Descriptors: Adults, Computer Attitudes, Computer Oriented Programs, Educational Needs, Employee Attitudes, Employment Patterns, Futures (of Society), Government Role, Information Technology, Internet, Job Satisfaction, Microcomputers, Quality of Working Life, Teleworking, Work Attitudes
For full text: http://ows.doleta.gov/nrc/pdf/dixon.pdf.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rutgers, The State Univ., New Brunswick, NJ. John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development.; Connecticut Univ., Storrs. Center for Survey Research and Analysis.