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ERIC Number: EJ905111
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1071-6084
Supervisor's Perceptions of the Work Attitudes of Two Groups of Employees
Brauchle, Paul E.; Azam, Md. Shafiqul
Journal of Technology Studies, v29 n2 p65-68 Sum-Fall 2003
This study investigates whether the type of job (i.e., information job versus noninformation job) had an effect on employee work attitudes as rated by their supervisors. In this study, the Occupational Work Ethic Inventory (OWEI), a self-reporting type instrument, was used to record supervisors' responses on the work attitudes of information and noninformation employees. The OWEI is a 50-item instrument developed for measuring affective work attitudes using a 1 to 7 Likert-type scale. This study revealed that supervisors perceive differences in work attitudes between information and noninformation employees and that the supervisors rate information employees higher than noninformation employees on 45 out of 50 OWEI items. This result supports earlier findings by Azam (2002), who obtained differences in self-perceptions of work attitudes between information and noninformation employees. Research is needed to shed light on the reasons that supervisors perceive these two groups of workers differently, to determine whether these perceptions are based on real differences between the two types of workers or just the orientation of the supervisors, and to ascertain which skill sets are best used by supervisors in dealing with both groups of employees.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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