Accession Number : ADA119790

Title :   Perceived Punishment and Reward Values Assigned to Supervisor Actions.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,


Personal Author(s) : Jones,Allan P ; Tait,Marianne

PDF Url : ADA119790

Report Date : 01 Apr 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 37

Abstract : The study investigated employee perceptions about the reward or punishment values inherent in a variety of supervisor actions. Actions viewed as most rewarding were generally actions which possessed: (a) public visibility, (b) tangibility, (c) implied esteem, and (d) long-term implications. Analyses of action viewed as punishing or aversive involved the following characteristics: (a) personal punishment reflecting informal acts with short-term consequences, (b) tangibility, (c) visibility, and (d) withholding of resources and information. Visibility appeared to be most strongly related to perceived severity. In contrast with suggestions in the literature (cf. Leon, 1981) substantial levels of agreement among raters were found for aversive as well as rewarding actions. Also reviewed are characteristics of leader actions that received mixed ratings from respondents. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Punishment, Perception(Psychology), Personnel, Supervisors

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE