ERIC Number: ED469582
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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The Quality of Work: A People-Centred Agenda.
Lowe, Graham S.
This book examines trends and problems in Canadian workplaces and advocates a people-centered agenda for improving the quality of working life. Chapters 1-9 discuss the following topics: the future of work; the crisis in work; what Canadians want from work; the "new economy"; education, skills, and the knowledge economy; youth and work; "putting people first"; workplace innovation; and unions and the quality agenda. Chapter 10 proposes the following principles of higher-quality work for assessing overall work trends, employers' practices, government policies, and the agendas of unions and professional associations: (1) a basic right to work that provides a decent living standard and economic security; (2) mutual trust among employers and workers; (3) opportunities for all workers to constructively participate in decision making regarding their working conditions; (4) a culture of openness regarding information about the business and provision of the resources workers need to use the information effectively; (5) healthy and safe work environments developed through collaboration between workers and employers; (6) work environments supportive of a balanced life; (7) encouragement of innovation based on workers' initiative and creativity; and (8) opportunities to use and further develop skills, knowledge, and abilities in the course of doing one's job. (Contains 12 figures and 446 endnotes.)(MN)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Change Strategies, Check Lists, Education Work Relationship, Employee Attitudes, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Patterns, Employment Practices, Employment Problems, Employment Qualifications, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Family Work Relationship, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Government Role, Job Satisfaction, Job Skills, Job Training, Literature Reviews, Needs Assessment, Organizational Development, Policy Formation, Position Papers, Productivity, Professional Associations, Quality of Working Life, Trend Analysis, Unions, Work Environment, Youth Employment
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Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Canada