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Flexible workplace practices: Evidence from a nationally representative survey

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  • Maury Gittleman
  • Michael Horrigan
  • Mary Joyce

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The authors estimate the extent to which establishments have adopted six alternative work organization practices. Findings from the 1993 Survey of Employer Provided Training show that some 42% of all establishments used at least one of these practices, and among establishments with 50 or more employees the figure was nearly 70%. Establishment characteristics that were positively related to the use of the practices were the recent introduction of new technology; large size; manufacturing as the primary activity; incentive-based compensation; the provision of generous benefits; and the use of extensive training. The choice of practices varied greatly among establishments, with no apparent "best practice." (Abstract courtesy JSTOR.)

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Volume (Year): 52 (1998)
Issue (Month): 1 (October)
Pages: 99-115

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Handle: RePEc:ilr:articl:v:52:y:1998:i:1:p:99-115

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