2004
Volume 24, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0169-2216
  • E-ISSN: 2468-9424

Abstract

Good employership as predictor of good employeeship?

Good employership as predictor of good employeeship?

Partnership of employer and employee attracts a good deal of attention as they may provide the anchors of modern industrial relations. TNO has carried out a survey on 'Good Employership and Good Employeeship' as a part of a long term research programme. In the survey a questionnaire was distributed among 448 dyads of employees and supervisors in around the same number of companies with 50 or more personnel. We selected the supervisor as the other half of the couple as it is he who represents the employer on the shop floor and has a direct face to face relation with the employee. We asked the supervisor about the partnership behaviour of the employee and the employee about the partnership behaviour of the supervisor. In this way self report was avoided. We distinguished 7 dimensions of partnership behaviour of the supervisor, among them supportive leadership, paying attention to the work-life balance of his employee and stimulating his employability. We distinguished 5 dimensions of partnership behaviour of employees, among them the innovative work behaviour, extra role behaviour and controlling ones own work-life balance. A supervisor displays more partnership behaviour if he has trust in his employee and when the employee in his team is difficult to replace. For the employee trust in the employer does not come into it, an employee displays more partnership behaviour for altruistic reasons. We also found that partnership behaviour of the supervisor is a predictor for partnership behaviour of the employee and not the other way around. Also good employership relates to a higher contribution of the employee to the teams' productivity and to a better health of the employee.

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