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Unformatted text preview: The responses to individual items were used to construct summary indices. These are presented here in Table 1. Using the metaphor of an academic grade point average (GPA), the indices exhibit "grades" from a high of B for participation to a low of D in pay for performance. The other indices earn C+ (results oriented appraisal, employment security, and job descriptions) and C (career ladders and training) grades. The cumulative GPA for these seven indices registers as 2.33 or a C+. While a respectable performance, it is less than is really desired given the purported importance of personnel practices for assisting in enhancing productivity and success. However, the choice of social service agencies more realistically reflects public sector organizations than a benchmark or high performance selection. The perceived introduction of strategic human 16 resource management practices while not extensive or pervasive does exist in some of the county social services offices. Table 1 About Here Various demographic control variables are used in the survey as proxy measures to test for a priori influences. They are introduced first in a hierarchical regression. In this process the common variance shared between these variables and the strategic human resource management variables is entirely assigned to the former. Conditions both in the external environment and internal to the organization's operation are examined. The county population along with individual's gender, ethnic status, age, and educational attainment are all factors that are both external to the organization and pre-exist the implementation of welfare reform. While internal factors, supervisory status and tenure as a supervisor are also organizational conditions that, for the most part, precede the introduction of welfare reform. While dramatic relationships are not to be expected (much else other than administrative capacity is involved here), the whole concept of strategic human resources management does indeed posit a positive relationships between admi...
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