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Participation at work in Britain. First findings from the Skills and Employment Survey 2017

Gallie, Duncan, Felstead, Alan, Green, Francis and Henseke, Golo 2018. Participation at work in Britain. First findings from the Skills and Employment Survey 2017. [Project Report]. London: Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies, UCL Institute of Education. Available at: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/00...

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Abstract

Participation at work is an important determinant of personal well-being and is considered to be a key factor for enhancing motivation and productivity in technologically advanced economies. The report examines trends in different types of participation among British workers, some of the factors that were associated with them and the implications of participation for worker well-being and motivation.  Task discretion declined between 2012 and 2017. Yet this was the type of participation that had the strongest association with employee well-being and work motivation. The decline was particularly sharp for those in intermediary class positions and for female part-timers.  There was an increase in semi-autonomous teamwork, which brought the level back to that of 1992. But the proportion of employees involved was relatively small (less than 25%) and semi-autonomous teamwork was only weakly related to higher levels of well-being and work motivation.  Formal institutions for organisational participation (consultative meetings, quality circles) declined between 2012 and 2017, but the proportion of employees reporting high influence over organisational decisions that affected their work increased from 26% to 30%, returning to a level close to that of 1992. Influence through organisational participation was associated with considerable benefits for well-being (in particular for enthusiasm at work, perceived fairness, and the reduction of insecurity about the effects of organisational change).

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies, UCL Institute of Education
Funders: ESRC, Cardiff University and Department for Education wtih boost funding from Welsh Government
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 4 October 2018
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2018 13:53
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/115437

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