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The Manager's Pocket Guide to Leadership Skills by Jane Flaherty, Peter B. Stark

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Changing Workforce Values

One of the most striking ways to study how the role of the supervisor has changed over the last 50 years is to look at the values of the workers they supervise. A list of typical work values in the 1940s and 1950s is illustrated below, as well as some of the critical values of today’s workforce. What a contrast!

Looking at the two lists of values, it becomes clear that today’s worker is no longer happy to just have a job. Today’s workers not only want work to be meaningful and fun, they want to be recognized for their contributions. This need for job fulfillment is expressed not only by workers, but by supervisors and managers themselves.

Values of the Workforce Past and Present

Values of the 1940s- 1950s Workforce ...

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