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Recognizing good attendance: A longitudinal quasi-experimental field study
Personnel Psychology (2002)
  • S E Markham
  • Dow Scott, Loyola University Chicago
  • G McKee
Three motivational theories (need, goal, and reinforcement) suggest that recognition programs should increase employee attendance. A 1-year, quasi-experimental field study of absenteeism was conducted at 4 manufacturing plants with a total 1,100 employees. The study compared a public recognition program for improving work attendance with 3 types of controls. The personal recognition treatment showed (a) significant decreases ranging from 29% to 52% for each quarter's baseline assessment, and (b) significant decreases when the control groups showed no decrease. Employees had favorable perceptions of the public recognition program.
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S E Markham, Dow Scott and G McKee. "Recognizing good attendance: A longitudinal quasi-experimental field study" Personnel Psychology Vol. 55 (2002)
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