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Sense of community and job satisfaction among social and health care managers

Mai-Stiina Lampinen (School of Health Sciences, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland.)
Elina Annikki Viitanen (School of Health Sciences, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland.)
Anne Irmeli Konu (School of Health Sciences, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland.)

Leadership in Health Services

ISSN: 1751-1879

Article publication date: 6 July 2015

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to identify how the factors associated with sense of community at work are connected with job satisfaction among the front-line managers and middle managers in social and health-care services in Finland.

Design/methodology/approach

A questionnaire prepared for this study was sent to 241 social and health-care managers (front line and middle managers) in Finland. A total of 136 of managers responded to the survey (response rate was 56 per cent). Data were analyzed by using descriptive statistics, exploratory factor analysis and multiple linear regression analysis.

Findings

Alongside job meaningfulness, open communication and good flow of information within the organization, sense of security provided by close relationships at work and managers’ own superiors’ appreciation of their leadership skills all are related to managers’ job satisfaction.

Originality/value

The study adds to our understanding of factors which are connected to the job satisfaction among social and health-care managers’. The findings of this study can be used in the development of leadership to support managers in coping at work.

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Citation

Lampinen, M.-S., Viitanen, E.A. and Konu, A.I. (2015), "Sense of community and job satisfaction among social and health care managers", Leadership in Health Services, Vol. 28 No. 3, pp. 228-244. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHS-09-2014-0067

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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