Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Alton Little, William Kummer, William Meadors

Degree Program

Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport

Degree Type

Master of Science


This study was made in attempt to assess company attitudes toward industrial recreation in order to draw conclusions concerning present and future trends in employee recreation. A survey instrument was devised with the aid of a jury of experts to validate and improve upon the questionnaire. The questionnaires were distributed through the mail to the one hundred largest manufacturing firms in North Carolina. Personnel managers were asked to answer the survey as to reflect company attitudes and not necessarily thelr own. The questions pertained to areas such as recreational opportunities, amount of participation, utilization of recreational personnel, the availability of facilities and land, future plans, and recreational objectives. Fifty-six companies responded to the surveys and returned the questionnaires to the investigator. The surveys were tabulated and data were accumulated. The survey indicated a trend toward growth in recreational opportunities and programs, but a stabilization in the area of facilities and land provided. Attitudes toward recreation were found to he positive for the most part. However, attitudes towards objectives of employee recreation were generally negative. Recommendations, based upon the analysis of the study, were made in order to allow companies a basis of comparison for the development of their programs. It was suggested, according to the findings of the study, that area in order for companies to remain competitive in the of industrial recreation programs offered, recreational opportunities should be made available to employees, a recreational director or part time director should be hired, and use of volunteers should be increased. Extensive facilities and land were not found to be essential to a competitive program. Continuation or expansion of recreational programs was recommended. An awareness of objectives of employee recreation or a set of goals for the company program is highly recommended for a successful industrial recreation program.


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