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Perceptions of working climate: a study of German employees

Bruce Kirkcaldy (International Centre for the Study of Occupational and Mental Health, Dusseldorf, Germany)
James A. Athanasou (University of Technology, Sydney, Australia)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 1 February 1999



Theories of career development urge an upward and linear progression in career adjustment and satisfaction. The results of this study of German paraprofessional employees indicated that the perceptions of their working climate were first accounted for by two separate factors comprising four negative climate components (job pressure, job dissatisfaction, poor relations with co‐workers, lack of recreation) and a separate career motivation dimension. Secondly cross‐sectional comparisons yielded significant age by gender interactions for job pressure, co‐worker relations, and lack of recreation. Women in particular appeared to be most affected by a decrease in the quality of working climate over time.



Kirkcaldy, B. and Athanasou, J.A. (1999), "Perceptions of working climate: a study of German employees", Career Development International, Vol. 4 No. 1, pp. 53-56.




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