Relationships among employees' work and nonwork responses


  • Data for this research were collected under a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to the University of Michigan. Researchers undertaking such projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express their own judgment. Interpretations or viewpoints stated in this paper do not necessarily represent the official position or policy of the Department of Labor.


This study was concerned with an examination of the relationships among employee responses to the work setting. Responses in the work and nonwork spheres were examined, and an attempt made to determine the stability of the relationships across organizations. Data were obtained from 651 employees of five midwestern organizations using four data sources—structured interviews, on-the-job observations, supervisory ratings, and personnel records. The analysis indicated that, in general, employee reactions in the work and nonwork spheres loaded on separate factors, and that the relationships among employee responses were relatively stable across organizations. Some directions for future research on this issue are suggested.