Communicating Employee Responsibilities and Rights: A Modern Management Mandate

Communicating Employee Responsibilities and Rights: A Modern Management Mandate

Communicating Employee Responsibilities and Rights: A Modern Management Mandate

Communicating Employee Responsibilities and Rights: A Modern Management Mandate

Synopsis

This book, containing contributions by outstanding scholars and practitioners in the fields of communication, organizational psychology and management, law, personnel, and industrial and labor relations, addresses the issues involved in communicating employee responsiblities and rights. Equally important is achieving an understanding of the evolving workplace practices these rights mandate. Employer and employee understanding of these considerations offers enormous potential for avoiding situations that provoke and escalate conflicts in the contemporary workplace. At the heart of all of this is the need for clear, consistent, and effective communication in the modern organization.

Excerpt

Work on this book was initiated a few years ago based on a number of factors. First, I was not aware of any book that offered a treatment of the twin and related issues of (a) employee rights and responsibilities and (b) communication. Second, I believed that any book that did this job would be valuable to both private and public sector practitioners and the academic community.

As the project unfolded, I began the task of identifying what I would expect to find in such a book. The list grew longer and longer. It soon became very clear to me that two or three books were needed, at the least, to even begin to do justice to the area. Nevertheless, I reasoned that a starting point was long overdue, so I drew a circle around the first three items on the list and marked them for immediate attack. Included were the need to provide (1) a clear exposition of the importance of the subject and the special reasons for the dual focus, (2) a lucid description and explanation of the range of employee rights and responsibilities such as those that are policy, de facto, ethical, legal, and contractual, and (3) a treatment that would specifically deal with some of the different communication issues associated with employee responsibilities and rights.

Although the entire book addresses these objectives in an interrelated fashion, Part I emphasizes the first and second items. The rest of the book addresses the third item, with Part II emphasizing specific selected issues, including some on organizational delivery systems. Part III focuses on the issue of personnel assessment within a communication and rights and responsibilities context, and provides a validated scale for . . .

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