State dhhs executives and a focus 12 group of county

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Unformatted text preview: ssed the strategic human resource management practices. State DHHS executives and a focus 12 group of county professionals was used in selecting and adjusting items for this survey. Taking the average response for each respondent in each of the categories created Index scores. Index scores use five-point Likert scales, ranging from 0 to 4 (with a 4 being the most favorable condition). Index averages were found by determining the mean response for all survey respondents in each of the seven indices. Missing responses were eliminated and averages were computed with remaining questions. These index scores are used as the measure for the specific strategic human resource practices. Information on a series of demographic variables (gender, minority status, age, educational attainment, and supervisory status) was also requested of respondents. Women represent 80 percent of the respondents. Whites also compose 80 percent. In terms of education 50 percent held college degrees with another 25 percent having obtained graduate degrees. Those in supervisory positions composed 75 percent of the responses. These “usual suspects” represent human capital factors (or proxies) that have typically been found to exert a mediating or moderating affect upon relationships. In addition measures of county population (for purposes of analysis measured in thousands) and the change in county unemployment rates between 1995 and 1999 were employed as external, environmental checks. Population measures both rural/urban differences and the influence of size on the tasks faced by the county social service offices.. Official, annual average unemployment figures obtained from the NC Department of Commerce were used in making these calculations. As expected, unemployment declined in most counties between 1995 and 1999 (in 92 of the 100 13 counties). Change in unemployment ranged from - 6.20 to + .70. Although this is a very broad-gauged measure influenced by many, many factors (and, therefor, obviously somewhat unfair), the change in unemployment rates capture...
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