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July 1983, Vol. 106, No. 7
Job commitment in America:
is it waxing or waning
Janice Neipert Hedges
The degree of commitment Americans have to the work ethic continues to preoccupy both scholars and politicians. But, their discussions often are based on philosophical reflection and anecdotal evidence rather than data.
This article examines some of the "indicators" that have been used to assess job commitment; statistical series on absence from work, quits, and working part time by choicephenomena generally associated with weak commitmentand multiple job-holding and overtimeoften associated with strong commitment. In addition, comprehensive measures of worktime (scheduled, actual and preferred) and other possible indicators of job commitment are examined. Finally, the commitment of three worker groupsmen of prime working age, women, and youth is discussed.
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