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Exploring the differential impact of job satisfaction on employee attendance and conduct: The case of a utility company in the United Arab Emirates

Rachid Zeffane (University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates)
Mohamed E. Ibrahim (University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates)
Rashid Al Mehairi (Utility Company Co., Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Employee Relations

ISSN: 0142-5455

Article publication date: 25 April 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the impact of job satisfaction on employee attendance and conduct.

Design/methodology/approach

The approach was to use data from a study on job satisfaction and performance conducted in a utility company operating in the United Arab Emirates. Job satisfaction was measured using the 20‐item MSQ (Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire) short form. Performance measures were based on the utility company employee performance rating system.

Findings

Preliminary analysis of the data revealed significant differences on aspects of job satisfaction and performance between the two gender groups (i.e. males vs females). In general, female respondents were less satisfied with various aspects of their jobs and the job context than their male counterparts. Similarly, they tended to be less performing than their male counterparts on a number of job performance criteria. This pattern is indicative of an underlying linkage between satisfaction and performance, particularly in relation to gender groups.

Originality/value

The paper discusses the potential cultural specificities of the results and their implications for future research and management practice with regard to job satisfaction and performance.

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Citation

Zeffane, R., Ibrahim, M.E. and Al Mehairi, R. (2008), "Exploring the differential impact of job satisfaction on employee attendance and conduct: The case of a utility company in the United Arab Emirates", Employee Relations, Vol. 30 No. 3, pp. 237-250. https://doi.org/10.1108/01425450810866514

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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