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Green, Gerald G.||Sims, Clarence A.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Management


Job satisfaction


The Herzberg motivator-hygiene theory of work attitudes purports that hygiene factors (those peripheral to the job) are generally the source of job dissatisfaction for employees whose expectations are not met. Conversely, motivators (the intrinsic values in the job) contribute to motivation. Current job satisfaction research suggests that this stay not be true for lower level female employees. A twenty-four item questionnaire was administered to seventy female factory workers composed of three groups, two in a rural locale and one in an urban locale. The questionnaire was designed to measure the worker's perception of hygiene factors, motivator factors, and her overall job satisfaction. A high correlation was hypothesized between the job satisfaction index and motivator factor index. Evidence did not support the hypothesis, however, there was a strong correlation (.78 and .84) between job satisfaction and hygiene factors, thus suggesting the inverse of the Herzberg theory for female factory workers. The data from one group was considered unreliable because the level of significance was greater than .1.


Includes bibliographical references.


vii, 121 pages




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