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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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