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ABSTRACT

Employee welfare is about relationships in organizations that enhance individuals


development in the early, middle, and later career years. What began as a study of corporate setting
evolved into a program of research designed to clarify the nature of a variety of relationships between
employees and management. The primary purpose is to present an intricate and realistic view of
welfare, to delineate its potential benefits and limitations, and to illustrate the various forms of
developmental relationships that can exist in work settings.

That the relationships are significantly affected by the context in which they evolve and by the
expectations, needs, and skills that individuals bring to them. Thus to understand how the individuals
career, histories, current situations, organizational circumstances have jointly shaped the essential
characteristics and evolution of their relationships with management, proteges, and peers.

Throughout this study the three distinct audiences are addressed like individuals at every career
stage, relationship for building relationships that provide relevant developmental functions for
practicing managers. The major forces that must be taken into account when creating a context that
stimulates an effective mentoring process.

Finally, for human resource specialists and organizational researchers, I consolidate the available
research to date and outline strategies for intervention and further research that will help improve the
quality of work life and organizational effectiveness.