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The art and science of job satisfaction: Much of it comes down to decent management practice

Randall P Bandura (Frostburg State University, Accounting, Frostburg, United States.)
Paul R Lyons (Department of Management, Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Maryland, United States.)

Human Resource Management International Digest

ISSN: 0967-0734

Article publication date: 13 October 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to review current information and research concerning job satisfaction in the workplace. It also provides a brief overview of what is generally and currently known about job satisfaction, personality and job satisfaction and workplace influences on job satisfaction and offers suggestions for practitioners.

Design/methodology/approach

It examines a large sample of research and opinion from the past several years.

Findings

It reveals that there is much empirical research about individual job satisfaction, a considerable amount of which is situation-specific. Generalizations concerning research findings are difficult. There is, however, much reported data and statistics that give indications of why employees find satisfaction with work, colleagues and the organization. This information may provide some practical guidance for practitioners.

Practical implications

It gives a broad overview and summary of recent research and opinion on job satisfaction that is not readily available in other sources.

Social implications

It advises that, other things being equal, organizations should aim to recruit employees who are somewhat extraverted, conscientious, expressive of a belief in their skills and who demonstrate a positive disposition.

Originality/value

It provides current information that may guide practice and policy development.

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Citation

Bandura, R.P. and Lyons, P.R. (2014), "The art and science of job satisfaction: Much of it comes down to decent management practice", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 22 No. 7, pp. 32-35. https://doi.org/10.1108/HRMID-10-2014-0141

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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