Jobs in the 1980s: Bridging the Gap Between People and Work (International Survey)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Shanks, Michael (London)
  • Strümpel, Burkhard (Forschungsstelle Sozialökonomik der Arbeit, Freie Universität Berlin)
  • Yankelovich, Daniel (Public Agenda Foundation, New York)
  • Zetterberg, Hans (SIFO, Swedish Institute for Opinion Research, Vällingby)
Publication Date
  • Institut fuer Demoskopie, Allensbach (Data Collector)
  • Taylor Nelson Group Ltd., Ewell, Epsom, Surrey (Data Collector)
  • SIFO, Swedish Institute for Opinion Research, Vaellingby (Data Collector)
  • Japan Youth Research Institute, Tokio (Data Collector)
  • Tel-Aviv University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel-Aviv (Data Collector)
  • Public Agenda Foundation, New York (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Occupation, Profession
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Working conditions
    • Labour relations/conflict
    • Employment
  • Abstract

    The attitude of workers to work. Topics: by means of the same 32-item scale detailed characterizations of: a) one´s own activity and personal workplace, b) the ideal image of employment, c) the possibility of relief and more pleasant structuring of one´s own job and d) possibilities of more efficient job performance; description of change and the opportunities to learn in the occupation; responsibility in the company; degree of co-determination possibilities; adequate use of personal capabilities in current occupation; comparison of ´passage of time´ at work and in leisure time (scale); work satisfaction; work orientation; personal freedom in structuring work (scale); judgement on current situation in the job market in comparison with the situation 10 years ago; changes at one´s place of work in the last 5 years; occupational changes due to technological developments; judgement on the employment and personnel situation of the company; readiness to work more in bottleneck situations; exercising side jobs; plan of professional life; frequency of change of occupation; most important political demands; personal work ethics and assumed attitude of parents; attitude to economic growth as well as connection between economic growth and unemployment; judgement on wage equity in company; attitude to change of daily working hours for the benefit of more vacation or longer weekends; identification with company; ties to company and solidarity of company with employees; atmosphere at work; bad treatment experienced at current job and personal reactions to this; achievement motivation; reaction to criticism at one´s place of work; judgement on cooperative and achievement-oriented leadership style, measured on personal preferences; judgement on leadership practices of superiors in company; satisfaction with income.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1982-04 / 1983-01
    USA: summer 1982 FRG: April to May 1982 Great Britain: September 1982 Sweden: December 1981 to January 1982 Japan: April 1982 Israel: December 1982 to January 1983
Geographic Coverage
  • United States (US)
  • Germany (DE)
  • Great Britain (GB-GBN)
  • Sweden (SE)
  • Japan (JP)
  • Israel (IL)
Sampled Universe
The working population of 18-69 years old (in part to 70). In the USA only persons working at least 20 hours per week were selected.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Various samples
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 5957
    Number of Variables: 190
The numbers of respondents in the individual countries were: USA: 845 respondents, ZA Study No. 1347; FRG: 694 respondents, ZA Study No. 1348; Great Britain: 825 respondents, ZA Study No. 1349; Sweden: 1128 respondents, ZA Study No. 1350; Japan: 1501 respondents, ZA Study No. 1351; Israel: 964 respondents, ZA Study No. 1352. The above-specified content description refers to the complete data set. In individual countries in part some additional questions were posed.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1346 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Noelle-Neumann, Elisabeth; Strümpel, Burkhard: Macht Arbeit krank? Macht Arbeit glücklich? Eine aktuelle Kontroverse. München, Zürich: Piper 1984.
  • Klipstein, Michael von; Strümpel, Burkhard: Der Überdruß am Überfluß: Die Deutschen nach dem Wirtschaftswunder. München: Olzog 1984.
  • Yankelovich, Daniel; Zetterberg, Hans; Strümpel, Burkhard; Shanks, Michael: The World at Work: An International Report on Jobs, Productivity, and Human Values. Octagon Books: New York 1985.
  • Klippstein, Michael von; Strümpel, Burkhard (Hrsg.): Gewandelte Werte - erstarrte Strukturen: Wie die Bürger Arbeit und Wirtschaft erleben. Bonn: Verlag neue Gesellschaft 1985.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 247 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22