This volume examines the different ways in which businesses can improve performance by cultivating more employee involvement in their jobs and in the organization itself. The first chapters review the history and empirical research in this area and make a case for greater employee participation in the workplace. Subsequent chapters survey the varieties of employee participation - quality of work, life programmes, quality circles, gain-sharing plans, self-directed work teams and employee ownership - with special attention to implementation. The final chapters summarize the success factors for better employee involvement systems.
Surveys some of the methods being used to increase workers' identification with the goals of the company and thus improve their productivity and the company's profits. Among them are quality of work life programs, gainsharing plans, representative participation, self-directed work teams, and employee ownership. Also applicable to government agencies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Need for Employee Involvement
Empirical Research and Models of Employee Involvement
Quality of Work Life Programs
Scanlon Plans and Other Gainsharing Plans
Self-Directed Work Teams
Overall Findings and Future Directions for Research