Source: Textile Review

The textile industry in India is totally an integrated textile conglomerate involved in ginning, spinning, manufacturing denim, terry products, weaving, knitting and ready-made garments with own facility. The industry manufactures yarn and fabrics for the Domestic and International markets, maintaining high standards of quality also. There are numerous industries incase of both small scale as well as large scale sectors. As per this study, the quality of work life has six factors that give meaning to work: the purpose of work, its moral correctness, autonomy, pleasure at work, recognition and positive relationships. When employees perceive these characteristics in their job, they tend to experience psychological wellbeing and effective commitment to the organization.

Quality of work life (QWL) is a multidimensional construct usually referring to overall satisfaction with working life and with work/life balance, a sense of belonging to a working group, a sense of becoming oneself, and a sense of being worthy and respectable. Programs of QWL usually deal with the work itself - its design and its requirements, the working environment, the decision-making processes and supervisory behavior, and the working conditions, including the work and non-work balance. In QWL organizations, work is meaningful, self-regulated, and usually done in a team arrangement. Its accomplishment also requires the use of complex skills. Decision-making involves those who are affected by its implementation and those who have the knowledge, skills and experience. This generates a participative management culture which promotes cooperation and conflict management, employee commitment, self-efficacy and organizational effectiveness.

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Originally published in Textile Review, Nov-2010

The authors are associated with Department of Management, Karpagam University, Coimbatore.