Stephen Robbins And Timothy Judge Define Job Satisfaction Essay

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Stephen Robbins and Timothy Judge define job satisfaction as “a positive feeling about one’s job resulting from an evaluation of its characteristics (Robbins & Judge, pg. 31, 2009).” As there are a number of variables which factors into an employee’s job satisfaction, managers are tasked with evaluating which concepts work best for their field and implementing them. Managers would be best served taking an inventory of both older and newer models of motivational concepts. Some of these concepts, such as Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, are outdated but offer invaluable insight. After an examination of these models we note that intrinsic rewards rather than extrinsic ones motivate employees more (Fischer, 2012). In my personal experience, I have noted the above to be true. I have been, and am, more satisfied with jobs that offer a high level of autonomy and those which offer flexible work arrangements. High Level of Autonomy Equates to Higher Work Engagement The Karasek Model hypothesizes that “a combination of high demands with high control will be associated with the highest levels of motivation, new learning behavior and coping (De Spiegelaere, Van Gyes, De Witte, & Van Hootegem, pg. 126, 2015).” When considering the above hypothesis, it is important to note James Breaugh’s definition of job autonomy is similar to the concept of “high control.” Breaugh defined job autonomy as “pertaining to the degree of control or discretion a worker is able to exercise
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