Cohort work values of employed men and women

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Kathryn Heath Norman (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Rebecca M. Smith

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to determine the differences in work values of employees. The major purpose was to determine (a) age group differences in work values and (b) the predictors of work values as measured by Super's Work Values Inventory (WVI) (1970). Predictor variables, other than age, were sex, education, race, marital status, job type, and number of children. Of the 400 employees randomly selected from a southeastern regional bank, 265 employees returned the questionnaire. Overall, Achievement, Supervisory Relations, Way of Life, Economic Returns, and Security were the most important work values. A t-test (p <.05) showed significant between-group differences in total WVI scores with the young group (born 1960 to present) having higher scores than the older group (born on or before 1943), An analysis of variance also showed significant differences between the young and older groups on five of the 15 subscales of the WVI. Prestige, Economic Returns, Associates, Variety, and Way of Life were more important to the younger group than to the older group. The Baby Boomer (born 1944 - 1959) group also valued Variety more than the older group.

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Language: English
Date: 1987
Work ethic $v Cross-cultural studies
Work $x Psychological aspects

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