ERIC Number: ED468464
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
What's a Good Job? The Importance of Employment Relationships. CPRN Study. Changing Employment Relationships Series.
Lowe, Graham S.; Schellenberg, Grant
The Changing Employment Relationships Project examined the importance of good employment relationships for workers, employers, and public policy. A nationally representative sample of 2,500 employed Canadians was surveyed, and 8 focus groups were conducted. The research findings were analyzed to explain the multidimensional nature of the relationships linking workers with employers, business clients, and other workers. The analysis also focused on "nonstandard work," including temporary and self-employment arrangements, and on links between paid work, home, and family. A healthy and supportive work environment and receiving the resources needed to do the job well were identified as the two most crucial factors in creating robust employment relationships. Organizational change was an important negative influence. Perceptions of whether a job pays well appeared to be more important than actual pay. Union membership was associated with weaker employment relationships on all dimensions. Employment relationships were shown to have a big impact on the following job attitudes and behaviors: job satisfaction; skill development and use; turnover; workplace morale; absenteeism; and willingness to join a union. The study documented a strong link between work environments, employment relationships, quality of work life, and organizational performance. Appendixes present the multivariate analysis results and the survey questionnaire. (Contains 39 endnotes and 56 tables/figures/boxes.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Collegiality, Compliance (Legal), Contracts, Definitions, Employee Attitudes, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Qualifications, Family Work Relationship, Federal Legislation, Focus Groups, Foreign Countries, Job Satisfaction, Labor Conditions, Labor Legislation, Labor Market, Labor Relations, Labor Turnover, Models, National Surveys, Organizational Change, Organizational Climate, Organizational Effectiveness, Quality of Working Life, Questionnaires, Skill Development, Tables (Data), Temporary Employment, Work Attitudes, Work Environment
Renouf Publishing, 812 Proctor Avenue, Ogdensburg, NY 13669-2205 ($9.50). For full text: http://www.cprn.com/docs/work/wgj_e.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Canadian Policy Research Networks Inc., Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada