Relationships between work values and job satisfaction amoung college student personnel workers Public Deposited

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  • This study was undertaken to examine the relationships which exist between the work values and job satisfaction characteristics of college student personnel workers in the states of Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Washington. Work values are viewed as characteristics desired on an ideal job and job satisfaction characteristics are those factors being experienced on the present job. Specifically, the study was designed 1) to survey the work values, job satisfaction characteristics, and amounts of overall job satisfaction among 150 college student personnel workers in the Northwest, 2) to determine the effects of age (under 30 years, 30-40 years, and over 40 years), sex and years of experience (under 5, 5-10, and over 10 years on the present job) won the work values and job satisfaction characteristics of the population, and 3) to determine the significance of the relationship between the work values of Independence, Achievement and Way of Life on comparable job satisfaction characteristics. A random sample was selected from the Directory of the Northwest College Personnel Association. One hundred and one, or 67. 3% of the population participated by completing a Biographical Questionnaire, Super's Work Values Inventory (WVI) and the Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire (MSQ). Three hypotheses, stated in the null form, required a test of the relationship between work values, job satisfaction characteristics and overall job satisfaction, and the independent variables of age, sex and years of experience. A three-way analysis of variance was computed to test these hypotheses. Three null hypotheses dealt with the relationship between the work values of Achievement, Independence and Way of Life on comparable job satisfaction characteristics. A multiple regression analysis was computed to test these hypotheses. As a result of the hypothesis testing, it was concluded that the men in the population experienced greater amounts of Social Status on their jobs than women. There were no significant differences in job satisfaction characteristics based on age or years of experience. Men in the sample placed a significantly greater weight on the work value of Creativity than women, though Creativity was not a priority value in rank order for the majority of either group. Younger workers (under 30) valued Surroundings to a significantly greater extent than did older workers. No significant differences were found in the amounts of overall job satisfaction based on age, sex or years of experience. No significance was found in the relationship between the work values of Independence and Achievement and the same job satis - faction characteristics, among those highly satisfied on the job, but a significant positive relationship of .048 was determined to exist between Way of Life and Moral Values for those highly satisfied in their work (overall job satisfaction at the 80th percentile). Since the mean score for the population on overall job satisfaction, a composite of the 20 characteristics measured by the MSQ, was the 70th percentile it was concluded that the majority of college student personnel workers in four Northwest states were generally well satisfied in their present jobs.
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