ERIC Number: ED478132
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Is New Work Good Work?
Some new work is good work. Quality is ultimately defined by the individual. However, these perceptions are inevitably colored by the circumstances in which people find themselves, by the time, place, and wide range of motivations for having to do a particular job in the first place. One person's quality may be another's purgatory and vice versa. Four important changes in Great Britain's labor market are a major decline in the number of people in manual employment; a rise in skilled employment of people performing managerial, professional, and technical jobs; a rise in mixed but essentially low formal skilled employment performed by "personal and protective" workers; and the continued increase of women in the labor force. The point may be not that newer work is bad or worse because it has replaced older, more traditional industrial and manual jobs but that women do these emerging jobs. Retail has been one of the most maligned types of work, but popular perceptions have been misplaced. ASDA/Walmart has been voted the best place to work in Britain. Some reasons are its approach to its employees or colleagues and the vast range of benefits on offer to them. Retailers like ASDA have been at the forefront of business in restoring job opportunities to parts of Britain that need them the most. Britain needs more good jobs because Britains need to perform better as an entire labor market. (Contains 47 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Compensation (Remuneration), Demand Occupations, Economic Impact, Employee Attitudes, Employees, Employment Opportunities, Employment Patterns, Foreign Countries, Job Satisfaction, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Conditions, Labor Market, Poverty Areas, Public Opinion, Quality of Working Life, Retailing, Unskilled Occupations, Work Environment
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)