Cowell, Noel M
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Management Studies
Is work a four-letter word? Work attitudes and the myth of the lazy Jamaican worker
Social and economic studies
Date of Publication
Over the years there has been an immense preoccupation with workers' attitudes in the Jamaican workplace. The government has led various initiatives to explore this issue, while the limited research evidence confirms a strong percepton on the part of Jamaican managers that poor work attitudes form a significant part of the explanation for the parlous state of many enterprises and by extension the economy. This paper explores the evidence on work attitudes based on data gathered by the 1998 National Survey of Workplace Practices. The results provide no support for the popular assertion that Jamaican private sector workers have an aversion for work or for the major social objects associated with work.....