Knowledge of Performance as an Incentive in Repetitive Industrial Work
This study was designed to assess the purely motivational effects of knowledge of performance in a repetitive industrial task. The Ss were low paid workers with a few years (1–5 yr) experience on the job. The experimental task was to grind a metallic piece to a specified size and shape. Experimental conditions were imposed a week before starting the experiment. The workers adjusted readily since the experimental conditions did not interfere with the work. Eighteen male workers were divided randomly into three groups. The Ss in Group A received no information about their output; Ss in Group B were allowed a rough estimate of their output; Ss in Group C were given accurate information about their output and could check it further by referring to a figure displayed before them. Results show increased output with increases in degree of knowledge of performance.
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