A number of business and industries in the United States and Europe have been experimenting with ways to involve more employees in organizational decision-making and problem-solving activities. Although the goal of such experiments in participative work is usually to improve productivity and enhance morale, there is evidence that working in such firms enhances adult development. This article reviews this evidence, focusing on how the experience of working in a participative milieu affects the individual in ways that are manifested off the job-in the family and community. Suggestions are made for future research that would involve developmental psychologists in helping work organizations experiment with planned social change.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Developmental and Educational Psychology