In this article four different work systems are distinguished: the traditional Tayloristic system, ???lean??? teamwork, ???sociotechnical??? teamwork, and the professional work system. Using a survey design the association with several employee outcome variables is analysed. The results show that: 1) work system is an important factor for explaining differences in the quality of working life and attitudes of workers; 2) the Tayloristic work system clearly has detrimental effects on the well-being of workers. 3) in a survey design, comparing just teamworkers and non-teamworkers is not enough due to the heterogeneity of both categories.

Professional Workers, Taylorism, Work Organization, Workers
Department of Public Administration

Steijn, A.J. (2001). Work systems, Quality of Working Life and Attitudes of Workers. An Empirical Study towards the effects of Team and non-Teamwork. Retrieved from