The social construction of valuing work

Case cameos to inform practical understanding

Authored by: Romain Daste

The Routledge Companion to Reward Management

Print publication date:  November  2018
Online publication date:  November  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138294264
eBook ISBN: 9781315231709
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The evaluation of work is fundamental to reward management. However, there may be tensions at a practical level between so-called ‘objective’ approaches and the reality of management and organizational settings. Three participant observation-derived cases are used to shed light on the ways in which evaluating and rewarding work need to be contextualized to particular settings. One conclusion from the chapter is that valuing work is influenced by the social interactions around the processes involved.

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