Analysis of attitudes of employees of the Catholic Church

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Start Date: 
Wed, 08/01/1990
End Date: 
Tue, 12/31/1991

As Colleen Branagan notes, "Although the Catholic Church is one of the oldest employers, it is only in the last part of the 20th century that the church has begun a conscious, systematic approach to defining the employment relationship between itself and the thousands of church workers." This project aims to further inform the Church's reflection on that relationship, and to provide suggestions to policy analysts about how to improve it. It has long been known that the Church normally is unable to offer compensation and benefits comparable to those found in other sectors of the economy, but it was believed that the value of the work done and the sensitivity of the environment provided non-monetary forms of remuneration that contributed to employees' level of job satisfaction. In order to test that hypothesis, the National Association of Church Personnel Administrators (NACPA) asked the Gallup Organization to poll Church workers about their attitudes toward working for the Church. The survey of Church employees was based on a questionnaire developed out of a series of focus groups held with representative administrators and employees. The questionnaire was supplemented by extensive telephone interviews. This project allowed NACPA to analyze the data gathered from this survey, as well as to gather systematic reflections and suggestions from Church personnel administrators. The topics for analysis and reflection include: 1. Training and Development; 2. Recruitment, Retention, Job Descriptions, Performance Appraisal; 3. Grievance Procedures; 4. Compensation: Pay and Benefits; 5. Affirmative Action. This project is expected to illuminate a critical but often neglected aspect of the Church's ministry and public presence in the world.