Journal of Labor Research

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 379-401

First online:

Employee participation and assessments of support for organizational policy changes

  • Susan SchwochauAffiliated withUniversity of Iowa
  • , John DelaneyAffiliated withUniversity of Iowa
  • , Paul JarleyAffiliated withLouisiana State University
  • , Jack FioritoAffiliated withFlorida State University

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We examine the effects of participation, profit sharing, and participation program structure on managerial assessments of employee support for policy changes. Evidence suggests that managers perceived greater support from employees covered by participation or profit-sharing programs than from other employees. Findings also suggest that managers perceived greater support where a larger percentage of employees were involved in the participation program, where employees had input on a larger number of issues, and where employees had a greater amount of authority to implement their recommendations.