Assessing skills and autonomy: The job holder versus the line manager.

Green, Francis and James, Donna (2003) Assessing skills and autonomy: The job holder versus the line manager. Human Resource Management Journal, 13 (1). pp. 63-77. ISSN 1748-8583. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Managers and their employees may have different perceptions of the skills used in jobs. We carried out a survey aimed at explaining such differences, in respect of verbal, physical, problem-solving and planning skills, the qualifications required to get the job and indicators of workplace autonomy. First, for most skills there is a reasonably good match between the perceptions of the line manager and those of the employee. But in the case of the contested skills associated with autonomy there is little agreement. Secondly, for most skills there is a small 'perceptions bias', in the sense that employees rate required skills at a higher level than their line managers. Thirdly, consistent with the hypothesis that skills are socially constructed, when the manager is male and the worker female there is a tendency for the boss to underestimate and/or the worker to overestimate their skill level by comparison with other gender combinations.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: G.F. Green
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2008 17:01
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2014 13:25
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4857 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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