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ERIC Number: EJ879676
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0160-8061
A Preliminary Investigation of the Effect of Rules on Employee Performance
Squires, James; Wilder, David A.
Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, v30 n1 p57-69 2010
The way in which rules impact workplace performance has been a topic of discussion in the Organizational Behavior Management literature for some time. Despite this interest, there is a dearth of empirical research on the topic. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of rules and goal setting in the workplace. Participants included two employees at an intensive residential treatment facility. The dependent variable was the percentage of sign-out/sign-in cells completed on a daily checklist. During baseline, data were collected on the percentage of cells correctly completed. During the treatment evaluation phase, employees were given 1 of 2 randomly assigned goal-rules in an alternating fashion: a praise goal-rule and a reprimand goal-rule. The corresponding contingency described in the goal-rule (i.e., praise or reprimand) was delivered contingent upon employee goal completion. Results showed that performance increased over baseline levels after the introduction of the goal-rules. In addition, slight differences in performance between the two types of goal-rules were noted for each participant. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A