protective practice

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An alternative term for restrictive practice that is used by sociologists and industrial relations researchers who are sympathetic to labour. Whereas ‘restrictive practice’ implies criticism and adopts a managerial viewpoint, ‘protective practice’ is a more sympathetic description of job controls developed from the worker's perspective. It is associated with the view that restrictions on management's control of labour imposed by workers arise from a real conflict of interest and can have the legitimate purposes of preserving employment and autonomy and preventing overwork.

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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