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A brief review of the research on job satisfaction in the contemporary workplace.
# 152428 | 1,183 words | 11 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Feb 10, 2013 in Business (Management) , Business (Human Resources) , Psychology (Motivation Studies)

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The paper examines the factors that impact an employee's sense of job satisfaction and discusses the models used to determine job satisfaction and quality of life. The paper looks at global differences in employee motivation and management and highlights how money is not the most significant factor with regard to performance and, more importantly, with regard to job satisfaction. The paper concludes that if we want our employees to work hard and give their best, then managers must consider the real motivations behind job satisfaction.

Factors Impacting Job Satisfaction
Indicators Used to Determine Job Satisfaction and Quality of LIfe
Global Differences and Management Issues

From the Paper:

"In terms of job productivity, it is generally understood that there is a direct relationship between job satisfaction and productivity. Moreover, when there is discord or "moral hazard" within an organization, productivity wanes. As such, organizations have a vested economic interest in understanding the factors that impact job satisfaction within the workplace (Valentino, 2005).
"Job satisfaction is not just the equivalent of whether or not one receives a fair wage. In fact, most empirical research does not reveal a significant impact of material compensation upon actual job satisfaction in general (Groot, 1999). In fact, early empirical studies of work performance by Elton Mayo reveal an oft overlooked factor in job satisfaction: The "Hawthorne" effect. According to Mayo's research of the 1930's that resulted in the Hawthorne effect, when employees feel they are being paid attention to (as opposed to merely being paid) a significant positive impact is felt upon job satisfaction (Employee Motivation, 2010; Mayo, 1929). In applying Mayo's results to today's leadership point of view, organizations that do not pay sufficient attention to 'people' and 'cultural' variables will be consistently less successful than those that do.
("The "Hawthorne Effect: The Human Relations Movement - Historical Collections," 2010)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Employee motivation. Motivation in the workplace- theory and practice. (2010). Retrieved May 17, 2010, from
  • Groot W., Maasen van der Brink H., 1999. Job satisfaction and preference drift, Economics Letters, vol. 63, pp. 363-367.
  • Judge, T. A., Piccolo, R. F., Podsakoff, N. P., Shaw, J. C., & Rich, B. L. (in press). The relationship between pay and job satisfaction: A meta-analysis of the literature. Journal of Vocational Behavior.
  • Kraut, A. (1998). Job Satisfaction: Application, Assessment, Causes, and Consequences. Personnel Psychology, 51(2), 513+. Retrieved May 18, 2010, from Questia database:
  • Letter from Elton Mayo to George A. Pennock, October 28, 1929. Elton Mayo Papers, Box 7, Baker Library, Harvard Business School.

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