The Contribution of Workers to Productivity Growth
This topic can be discussed at at least three levels. The individual’s attitude to the factors on which productivity growth depends — his response to material incentives, his willingness and ability to adapt, innovate and co-operate — is largely determined by a complex of social and cultural pressures and conditions, some of which may be specific to employed people, or even to particular sections or communities of employees. It is secondly well recognized that any continuing workplace group tends to establish its own internal structure of relationships (which may little coincide with that designed by the management concerned) and, particularly, that such ‘informal’ groups often evolve and enforce their own standards and methodology of productive performance.
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