International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss


How Important Are Situational Constraints in Understanding Job Satisfaction?
Dr. Tamela D. Ferguson, Dr. Ron Cheek

While multitudes of studies have focused on the influence of individual factors on job satisfaction, many have ignored the potential influence of environmental factors, such as situational constraints. One hundred fifty three oil field industrial equipment service workers were surveyed to determine how important situational constraints were in understanding job satisfaction. We found that situational constraints perceived in the work environment accounted for over twenty seven percent (27%) of job satisfaction differences, after controlling for demographic factors that may influence job satisfaction. Results point to supervision as the only significantly influential situational constraint on job satisfaction, providing the greatest potential for improving employee job satisfaction. Thus, these findings suggest that management interested in getting the most “bang for their buck” relative to controlling or influencing contextual organizational situations that may positively influence job satisfaction perhaps should focus on only a single dimension - supervision.

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