Employee Involvement: How Gainsharing Performs


Dodwell, John L.   (1987, ASQC)   Tech. Form Industries, Shelby, OH

41st Annual Quality Congress, May 1987, Minneapolis, MN    Vol. 41    No. 0
QICID: 3289    May 1987    pp. 148-153
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Article Abstract

A basic management philosophy for some organizations is that the employees are its most important assets. To fully utilize that potential, some form of employee involvement program is required. Many types of programs exist in industry today. This paper is a description of the Gainsharing approach for worker involvement and reward.Gainsharing is a method in which all employees are given a chance to participate in business decisions and offer suggestions to improve quality and productivity. A bonus is disbursed monthly among all employees.One of the major benefits brought about through Gainsharing is improved communication. This creates a stronger sense of identification with the company and the company's goals. This has improved morale and assisted in the worker's acceptance of changes required for quality and productivity improvements.This paper will discuss the mechanics of the Gainsharing Program, the measurable improvement in quality and productivity and the changed role of the quality function.


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