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  1. Introduction
  2. Role of management and employees
  3. The TQM model
  4. The concept of occupational self-direction
  5. Conclusion
  6. Work cited

The study of the sociology of work reveals that work plays a very significant role on our society, and over the last few centuries the nature of work has changed drastically, thus changing the nature of society along with it ? from an industrial to a post-industrial society. The nature of work in Canada and elsewhere is static in that it is always changing, it can be demeaning for some and rewarding for others.(Krahn & Lowe, 2005: xviii). The nature of work in any given society is largely based on how it is structured and what people/powers are in charge. When examining the realities of work in society it is clear that reforms can be implemented that would allow the quality of people's working life to be improved. This is where sociologists play a vital role, as their research can help to craft public policy that will serve to make work more rewarding for more people.(Krahn & Lowe, 2005: xviii). Sociological inquiry can also answer questions like why men get paid more than women and why some men are more heavily ?directed? into certain lines of work. (Gaskell, 1993: 205; McCormack, 1993: 196).

[...] These are the main sociological ways in which the workplace has been identified to be able to be reformed to be more satisfying, participatory and challenging. Clearly for work to be reformed there will need to be changes with management and employees/unions, and it must move away from the unitary goal of only achieving profit. Mary Lou Coates questions whether labor in Canadian can work alongside the traditional expectations of unions, as new management styles are proving to be difficult for unions to adapt to. [...]


[...] When seeking to develop ways of reforming the workplace so that it is more satisfying, participatory and challenging, this organizational structure must be examined. It is the way in which conflict and consensus are used in an organization that is important when trying to come up with ways of reforming the workplace. In fact, it is this dynamic that poses a challenge to reforming the workplace. If the workplace is to be reformed, and role of management and employees needs to be altered to ?achieve a better balance among the goals of making work satisfying, socially useful, and rewarding on the one hand, and those of achieving economic efficiency and profitability on the other. [...]

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