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Employee involvement and job satisfaction: a tale of the millennial generation

Gustavo A. García (Department of Economics, Universidad EAFIT, Medellin, Colombia)
Diego René Gonzales-Miranda (Department of Organization and Management, Universidad EAFIT, Medellin, Colombia)
Oscar Gallo (Department of Organization and Management, Universidad EAFIT, Medellin, Colombia)
Juan Pablo Roman-Calderon (Department of International Business, Universidad EAFIT, Medellin, Colombia)

Employee Relations

ISSN: 0142-5455

Article publication date: 4 December 2018

Issue publication date: 20 March 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to empirically study the effect of employee involvement in the workplace on job satisfaction for millennial workers in Colombia.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were obtained from a sample of 2103 millennial employees working in 11 companies of different sectors located in the five main cities of Colombia. Ordered probit models were estimated to study the effect of employee involvement on job satisfaction, in general, and how different forms of participative decision making in the workplace produce different impacts on individual satisfaction with objective and intrinsic aspects of the job, in particular.

Findings

The empirical results show that, for millennial workers, there is a positive link between employee involvement and job satisfaction. Moreover, there is a higher positive impact on job satisfaction when millennial workers participate in decisions on general aspects of the company than when they participate in specific decisions such as those concerning teamwork or main tasks at work. Another interesting result is that millennial workers attach high importance to intrinsic aspects of their jobs (such as the possibility to use their knowledge in the work), which may improve their satisfaction in a higher participative environment.

Research limitations/implications

The results can present bias due to the use of self-report data from millennial workers. Another potential limitation is the cross-sectional nature of the data, which does not control for unobserved individual effects. The study may be extended to other developing countries to help identify results more precisely for different contexts.

Originality/value

The value lies in exploring the relationship between employee involvement and job satisfaction for millennial workers in the context of a developing country. The paper simultaneously considers different types of employee involvement and estimates their effects on different facets of job satisfaction.

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Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the academic unit Alta Dirección of Universidad EAFIT (Medellón, Colombia).

Citation

García, G.A., Gonzales-Miranda, D.R., Gallo, O. and Roman-Calderon, J.P. (2019), "Employee involvement and job satisfaction: a tale of the millennial generation", Employee Relations, Vol. 41 No. 3, pp. 374-388. https://doi.org/10.1108/ER-04-2018-0100

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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